Leanne is ‘Voice of Sheffield’

Leanne Fotheringham accepts prize from MD of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium John Gilburn and Ollie Hayes from Hallam FM.
Leanne Fotheringham accepts prize from MD of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium John Gilburn and Ollie Hayes from Hallam FM.
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A WORKSOP singer has been crowned the ‘Voice of Sheffield’ after scooping the Grand Karaoke award at the city’s Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

Schoolgirl Leanne stormed the final with her upbeat rendition of Plan B’s She Said which took her through to the final five where she wowed judges with her vocals of Alicia Key’s Empire State of Mind.

The 16-year-old is planning to spend her £1,000 prize on demo recordings to invest in her future singing career.

Leanne said she was over the moon to have been crowned the winner after three weeks, over 200 contestants and thousands of song choices.

“I can’t believe I won. So many people entered and the standard of talen has been so high during the final,” she said.

“I am so excited about using this as an opportunity to launch my career.”

The Grand Final, held on Sunday 27th May, saw 15 finalists battle it out for the £1,000 prize in front of a live audience.

Presiding over the evening were the judging panel headed by Alex Alexandrou, who launched Robbie Williams’ solo career and former Top of the Pops producer Ric Blaxill.

Said Ric: “The quality of the contestants has been fantastic and definitely out shines the musical talent seen on recent TV shows.”

“Leanne is a most deserving winner, her personality perfectly matched her incredible vocal ability. I predict big things for her.”

The 10 finalists were compiled from three weeks of open auditions and heats, and five wild card entries who decided to showcase their talent by turning up to the final.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium managing director John Gilburn said given Sheffield’s impressive musical heritage they thought it fitting to host a karaoke competition at the stadium.

“We have been blown away by the talent throughout the region. It was incredibly difficult to narrow down the finalists but despite a tough battle I believe we have found Sheffield’s latest star. Congratulations to Leanne.”