Kyle Rossi from Mill Drove, Uckfield, has won a place at the Southern England Final of the Teenstar competition.
Kyle, 17, performed before an audience of hundreds and a professional judging panel at the Regional Final at the Hove Centre on April 5.
He impressed judges with his performance of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ to win the chance of auditioning again in the penultimate stage of the competition. He said: “I’m very happy to be in the next round. It’s something I didn’t expect and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. It was a fantastic experience that was well organised by very friendly and welcoming people.”
Kyle was complimented by one of the judges after the competition stating they really enjoyed his performance and ‘you smile with your eyes.’ The general feedback from the performance, which can be seen on the Teenstar website, was very positive saying: “You nailed it from the first note! It would have been better not to have the backing vocals on the CD as you were good enough on your own. A little struggle on the high notes but an overall impressive performance, well done!”
TeenStar is an exciting national singing competition searching for the UK’s best teens and pre-teens singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.
Singing is important to Kyle, but not the be all and end all, according to his mum Tanya.
She said her talented son is more of a sportsman and coaches tennis at Maresfield as well as football for the Grasshoppers Junior Football Club in his spare time. This is a busy year as he is also studying Spanish, business studies, economics and PE for A Level and wants to read international business at university.
Sport is in his blood - dad Tony is chairman of the Grasshoppers and worked tirelessly to lobby for the town’s new all-weather pitch opened last year.
Tanya works as a personal assistant to elderly people needing care.
TeenStar is organised by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Records’ Lucy Spraggan, and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music. The later stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry as well as judges from BBC Introducing, national radio and regional press with judges becoming more prestigious as the competition progresses.