Contestants perform in semi-final of Summer of Sound

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 July 2016

Annie Kennedy

Annie Kennedy


A shopping mall came alive with the sound of music as performers sung their hearts out in the semi-final of the Mercury Mall’s Summer of Sound.

The final eight contestants couldn’t wait to jump on stage and perform to hundreds at the Romford centre on Saturday to show off their talent.

Each aspiring singer – who range in age from nine to 38 – sung a song from the 1980s, a rock track and a show tune of their choice.

From Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ and James Bond’s For Your Eyes Only, to Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid, audiences were thrilled to watch the performers giving it their all.

The round was to convince the audience to get behind them and vote them through to the final of the competition on August 13.

In a bid to get to the final hurdle of the contest, competitors made their plea.

Bukky Oronti, 14, of Upminster, said: “I’ve always wanted to be a singer my whole life and if you vote for me I will not let you down.”

Amanda Poll, 38, of Stafford Avenue, Hornchurch, says she loves to entertain and make people happy.

She said: “I gave up singing 10 years ago having been told I was rubbish.

“Starting singing again has given me back my confidence and now I think I can take it somewhere really cool.”

Duo The Sweetest Sounds, aged nine and 10, have wanted a career in singing “since they started nursery together” and 18-year-old Shavonte Dil from Romford is hoping the public will support her right to the end of her journey.

Romford girls Semral Thompson, 14, Annie Kennedy, 15, and Ankita Goswami, 15, of Barkingside, all love to sing and make people smile.

Last year’s winner Lucy Lombard went on to perform at the Havering Show, the Royal Albert Hall and Romford’s Christmas Lights Switch On.

She sat on the judging panel alongside The Voice’s Lydia Lucy and Lyrikal for the first round of this year’s contest which was held in May.

The finalists for this year’s competition will be announced on July 17.

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