Burnley singer Leonie wows judges

Fine voice: Singer Leonie Decruz
Fine voice: Singer Leonie Decruz

A teenage singstar hit all the right notes when she wowed judges at a prestigious singing competition.

Leonie Decruz (13) has made it through to the regional finals of Open Mic UK where she will now perform in front of hundreds of people and a music industry judging panel in a bid to win a place at the National Grand Final.

She sang Birdy’s “Skinny Love” at her audition, held in Manchester, and proud mum, Kelly, said the Shuttleworth College pupil had done incredibly well so far.

“It’s my fault really,” she said. “She wanted to go on X Factor last year but you had to be 16. So she asked me to put her in for Britain’s Got Talent. When I was looking for that this Open Mic popped up so we took her to the audition at the end of August. There were four judges and they all put her through straight away.”

Kelly said her daughter was really looking forward to the next round, which takes place at the beginning of October and was even going to dancing lessons to help improve her act.

“We got some advice afterwards and although it’s a singing competition they said it would be good to try and get everything together, including dancing, so we’ve started taking her to lessons.

“She’s so passionate about her singing.

“She’s only been having lessons for just under a year though so she’s doing really well.”

The overall winner of Open Mic UK will come away with £5,000 cash while other prizes include recording studio time, singing lessons and music development classes.