Two Falkirk musicians are through the Scottish finals of a singing contest.
Eighteen-year-old Erin Vivers Ferguson from Hallglen and Steven Worsley (35) from Langlees impressed judges at the first heat of the Open Mic UK contest and will now perform to 1000 people in the semi-finals.
Erin, a former St Mungo’s High School pupil who is now studying at the West of Scotland University, has always loved singing and since starting gigging six months ago she has clocked up over 100 gigs.
She said: “I’ve always sang and wrote songs but it is only recently I’ve found the confidence to get out and perform them. Since my first gig, I’ve averaged about two a week and played in venues including 20 Rocks and Firkins in Falkirk and Glasgow venues Maggie May’s and Ivory Blacks.
“Although I’ve done lots of gigs, performing to the judges was totally nerve-wracking. I did a song I wrote earlier in the year called ‘Burning Bridges’ and performed with my guitar. We were then ushered off stage to wait in a green room and made to wait what felt like ages before they told me I was through.”
The next stage is to perform in a ‘X Factor’ style audition with the judges and a live audience of 1000 people watching aqt Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The best performers on the day will go through to the national finals at the O2 Arena in London with the overall winner getting a prize worth £50,000 and the chance to launch their career.
Steven, an actor by day, is originally from Aberdeen where he is well known on the gig circuit, regularly performing in a Rat Pack tribute act.
He chose the Frank Sinatra song ‘That’s Life’ for his audition and was thrilled to make it though to the Scottish finals.
Steven said: “I entered the competition because I thought it looked like a good opportunity. Although I am an actor I love singing and have done big corporate events as well as intimate gigs.
“I was nervous about singing a Sinatra song because you just don’t know what the judges are looking for. You could singing anything you want, including your own material, so I just didn’t know what to pick.
“I’m still undecided on what to sing in the semi-finals, but I’m really looking forward to the day and giving it my best shot.”
Steven and Erin will both be performing at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on October 13.
For more information on the competition, visit www.openmicuk.co.uk