Corby student Chloe makes a bid for stardom

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Teenager Chloe Paul has won a place in the regional finals of the Open Mic UK competition and she’s hoping to be successful in the next round.

Chloe, 13, who lives on the Beanfield estate in Corby, impressed the judges at an audition at Milton Keynes with her performance of the Bruno Mars song When I Was Your Man.

Now she is to sing in front of an audience of 500 people in Milton Keynes on October 12, when she makes a bid to go further in the competition.

Her mum Shirley said: “Chloe has been singing since she could talk. She sings every day around the house and for her friends.

“We don’t know who she has taken the talent from because none of us can sing, but we are all very proud of her.”

Her mum, dad Leo, sister Demi, 10, and brother Bradley, six, as well as about 30 relatives and friends will be travelling to Milton Keynes with Chloe to support her.

She said: “I’m not nervous but I am really excited about it. I can’t make up my mind about what to sing.”

If Chloe gets through to the next round she will sing at the O2 Arena in London.

Shirley said: “She’s not nervous at all. She can sing anything and she would like to be a professional singer.”

Chloe has just joined the senior choir at Corby Business Academy and is also taking singing lessons at school.

Previous winners of the Open Mic UK competition include the X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas.

Thousands of pounds of prizes are up for grabs, including £5,000 for the winner to spend on developing their talent.