Disappointment at 02 for singers

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A BID for success in a national competition by two singers with Dispatch district links ended in disappointment for both of them.

Zenani Thomas (13), who went to school in Hucknall, and 16-year-old Rosanna O’Brien, who grew up in Bulwell, reached the final of the Open Mic UK contest, held at the spectacular O2 Arena in London. They were competing in the category for singers aged 16 and under.

Sadly, neither even finished in the top six — but they can surely take pride at having progressed so far in the prestigious event. After all, they were up against some of the best young musicians in the UK.

If they had succeeded, the glittering prize would have been a record deal with backing worth more than £30,000 from a record company.

Zanani, who lives in Redhill, is an ex-pupil of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary School in Hucknall and Rosanna is a former member of the guide company at St Mary’s Church, Bulwell.

Representatives of national radio and the talent-showcasing BBC Introducing organisation were among the judges and there was an enthusiastic audience of about 2,000.

Dispatch readers had their say on the result through an opportunity to text votes for Zenani or Rosanna.