Avon Valley student Oliwia Dragon – member of local girl band The Millenniums and one of several outstanding local young singers supported by Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT) – has been selected by judges to progress to the area finals of the prestigious Teenstar competition following an outstanding performance in Birmingham on Saturday (07 April).
Oliwia took part in the competition’s Regional Final and delivered a spine-tingling cover of The Script’s Hall of Fame, a song she first performed at the World Rugby Hall of Fame in the town last year. Notably, Oliwia was the only one of 18 performers at the Regional Final to perform with live musical accompaniment, with RATT Musical Director Duncan Arrow on piano and Amie Boyd on percussion.
“Oliwia was always going to be a contender,” said Duncan, “but she totally nailed the song on the day and showed great professionalism and stage presence. Demonstrating how she is able to work with other live musicians was also a big plus; I’m sure that would have been a clincher for the judges when making comparisons with the other performers there – and there were some good ones!”
Oliwia (click picture below for full size image), who was obviously delighted with the result and experience, added “I’m really happy that I have got so far, this is another great achievement and experience for me and I’m hoping to get even further; to the grand final”
Oliwia was supported by a busload of fans in the audience including past Mayor of Rugby Cllr Sally Bragg who supported RATT as her mayoral charity in 2016 and saw Oliwia’s first audition. “It’s great to follow Oliwia’s progress and see how she has benefitted from RATT coaching and experience”, said Sally, “I might be biased but she was definitely the best singer and thoroughly deserves her place in the next round”.
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Information about the Teenstar competition is at http://www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk
Information about Rugby Area Talent Trust is at http://www.ratt.org.uk
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