Uckfield teenager Kyle Rossi in national final of Open Mic contest

Uckfield teenager Kyle Ross will be singing in the national final of the Open Mic competition on Saturday, January 24.

He won his place after coming in the top three of the area finals in Fareham in November where there were 23 performers.

The final will take place at the NEC in Birmingham and Kyle will be singing an original song there which is likely to be on his upcoming EP due later in the year. Unfortunately he fractured his foot, in a New Year’s Even celebration accident, so will be hobbling on stage.

Kyle’s mother Tanya Rossi said: “We cannot believe how much he has achieved. From a chance audition last spring for the Teenstar competition in 2013 he has got to two finals at his first attempt. We are beyond proud, there are no words to say how amazing we think he is.”

Kyle can be seen in the video below singing Go Gentle, Mockingbird, by Robbie Williams and Eminem at Farnham in November.


Our story on October 22, 2014: Uckfield teenager Kyle Rossi  won through to the area finals of Open Mic UK after singing at the regional finals in Hove on Saturday.

His mother Tanya said it was a great competition and his family was “super proud” as the standard was so high.

Tanya added: “In the next round Kyle is hoping to perform an original song. Getting to the final of Open Mic would be a real achievement so he’s going to work hard towards it.”

The area finals take place at Fareham on Saturday, November 28.

*Uckfield country singer Kathryn Anderson didn’t progress to the next round of the Open Mic competition when she took part in Hove but her father David said Kathryn sang well and got a good crowd reaction.

David added: “We were pleased to see that Kyle got through in the afternoon.”

Our original story on Tuesday, October 14: Uckfield teenager Kyle Rossi will be taking part in the regional final of the Open Mic UK competition at the Hove Centre, on Saturday, October 18.

He is the second Uckfield singer to have won through the preliminary rounds of the contest. Country singer Kathryn Anderson will also be there, as previously reported by UckfieldNews.com.

Kyle, aged 18, who lives in Mill Drove, Uckfield, sang in the final of the TeenStar contest at the NEC earlier this year and was supported by a huge group of friends and family who went on a coach with him. They are excited about his latest challenge.

Kyle’s mum Tanya said: “Open Mic is for all ages and so he will be competing against more experienced musicians. This is another great opportunity for him and we’re all enjoying the ride.”

Kyle attends Uckfield Community Technology College. He is a keen footballer and tennis player and is applying for university places at the moment.

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