The pub singer!

Pheonix pub landlandy Lorraine Hughes is through to the semi finals of the Open Mic UK competition

Pheonix pub landlandy Lorraine Hughes is through to the semi finals of the Open Mic UK competition

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A TUNEFUL pub landlady from St Helens has made it through to the regional finals of a major talent competition.

Lorraine Hughes, 25, landlady of the Phoenix pub on Canal Street, was given a big thumbs-up by judges of the Open Mic UK 2011 singing contest at the Liner Hotel in Liverpool.

She’s now busily preparing for the regional final next month - in which she will perform in front of a string of judges and a live audience.

Lorraine said: “The first audition was quite daunting but I run a karaoke night here at the Phoenix so I get plenty of practice!

“I had to line up with four other singers and step up and perform when I was asked to come forward. I sang the Maria Mckee song Show Me Heaven and, after a short wait, was told that I had been successful.

“I’ve always wanted to be a singer and this is just one step closer to that goal. I love artists like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey but I’ve not decided what I’m going to sing at the regional final yet.”

If Lorraine makes it through to the national final at the O2 in London she will be able to battle it out for a breakthrough recording contract.

Open Mic UK 2011 is a national talent competition which searches for the UK’s best singers, songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres.

Chris Grayston, the head of Future Music, said: “We are searching for an act whose live performance will impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, and who has the potential to become a professional recording artist. The standard was high last year and this year looks set to be even better.”

To find out more go online at: www.openmicuk.co.uk