Alex ready to sing his heart out on stage in grand final

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Eastbourne student Alex Attrill is preparing for the biggest night of his life as he gets set to perform on Birmingham’s NEC Arena stage in the grand final of Open Mic UK.

The nationwide competition has whittled down its thousands of entrants to 78 talented individuals across three different age categories and after winning a public-vote wildcard spot, Alex will have his place battling it out for the title on Saturday night.

The 21-year-old trainee PE teacher, who is also an ex-pro-apprentice at Crawley Town Football Club, cruised through the regional final at The Hove Centre in Brighton before performing at Ferneham Hall, near Southampton, in the area final.

Despite impressing the judges, Alex just missed out on an automatic spot in the grand final and had a nervous wait before he found out the public had voted him through to the last stage courtesy of a wildcard.

Now, the pianist and soulful pop singer, who was praised as having a ‘very clean look’ and ‘good vocals’ by the judges, will perform for a chance to win the £5,000 cash prize and impress a series of industry experts on the judging panel, including Alex Baker from Kerrang Radio and head of Future Music Chris Grayston, as well as record label agents in the audience.

He said, “I cannot wait for Saturday, it is going to be such a great experience.

I have been practicing loads to make sure I am getting my piece just right but I’m starting to get nervous now! Hopefully I will win. Please vote!”

Voting has already opened to crown the winner of Open Mic UK. To vote for Alex, text OPEN73 to 86222. Texts cost £1.