Singer-guitarist teen wows judges for O2 bid

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A YOUNG singer and guitarist from Thame has wowed the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition.

Lord Williams’s sixth former Samantha Jayne, 17, has sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned.

She will now be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the regional final showcase of Live and Unsigned 2012 on April 15 in a bid to win herself a place at the grand final at The O2.

Samantha Jayne has battled against hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in the live shows.

Acts that made it through auditions will now take part in the live regional finals in front of hundreds of spectators.

The best acts will also get the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK from more than 100 festival slots including Beach Break Live and Osfest.

This year’s competition also offers acts an extra chance for exposure as it is being filmed for broadcasting on the Sky TV network in an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary.

Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists, attracting more than 50,000 entries in the past five years.

Chris Grayston, events director of the contest, said: “Live and Unsigned is all about originality, live ability and credibility.

“We don’t accept demos or submissions and everyone auditions live.

“We’ve got some fantastic prizes up for grabs this year, including a new main cash prize of £10,000.”

The regional finals will take place on April 15, in Sub89 in Reading, at 12.15pm.

Tickets are £8. Visit www.liveandunsigned.uk.com