Singer Amy Robertson is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Brit Award nominee Birdy and realise her ambition of performing for a living.
The 20-year-old has just made it through to the North West and Scotland finals of the Open Mic UK 2014 competition – the same contest that catapulted the ‘Skinny Love’ singer to fame.
Birdy, born Jasmine van den Bogaerde, won the music showcase in 2008 – at the age of just 12.
And if it’s good enough for Birdy, it’s good enough for former Hodgson High School pupil Amy who has always dreamt of being a professional singer.
The Hambleton star-in-the-making said: “I’ve been singing since I was little and did performing arts at Blackpool and The Fylde College. I’ve been trying to push my singing and get into lots of venues.”
Amy has performed from a young age – dancing with Danceworks from the age of four, as well as acting in shows – but her passion was always belting out songs.
Chasing that dream, Amy went to audition for X-Factor a few years ago but decided against going ahead with it at the last minute.
She explained: “I completely blanked at the last minute, and that knocked my confidence for a while.
“Then I heard about Open Mic UK so thought I’d push for this.
“It’s not your typical kind of talent competition. You can tell the judges really want you to do well.”
The singer performed an acoustic version of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ at the last heat, and likes to sing music by artists such as Jessie J and Adele.
She added: “It was scary to go for it again, I thought the same thing would happen as when I was at X-Factor but I got over it and it was my break through.
“It was crazy to get through to the finals.
“It just feels amazing to have done it. I didn’t think I would be able to do it but if you really want it you just have to follow your dream.”
Amy was up against 29 others in the last heat, held at the Royal Northern College of Music, with 10 artists getting through to the next round.
Now she is working up to the North West and Scotland finals on November 16.
Amy added: “To win and sing for my career is just a dream – this is all I want to do.
“I just love the buzz of performing.
“It’s the feeling I get from it that I love.”