Bourne brother and sister to battle each other in music competition

Eloise and Harry Preen, 13 and 16, who are both through to the regional finals of  Open Mic UK 2012
Eloise and Harry Preen, 13 and 16, who are both through to the regional finals of Open Mic UK 2012
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SIBLINGS are set for a showdown in the regional finals of a singing contest.

Harry and Eloise Preen, of South Street, Bourne, both entered the 16 and under age category of the national Open Mic UK 2012 competition.

The Bourne Grammar School pupils impressed judges at the auditions and will now go on to play in front of a live audience in the regional final at Bedford Corn Exchange on October 21.

The winners of the regional finals are put through to the national final at Indigo2 in the O2 Arena in London on January 19 next year.

Harry, 16, is used to performing as a member of The Conspiracy Club and Hearts on our Sleeves. But he admits he was nervous when stepping up to play his own song, “Aviophobic”, in front of the audition judges.

He said: “It was quite a scary situation and there were a few really good artists there. I didn’t know if they would like the song I had written or not, but luckily they did.

“I am in a couple of bands at the moment and we write songs together, so I used that experience to write something for the audition.

“For the next round I’m going to try and mix one of my own songs with a cover. As long as it’s fun I will be happy. And we will try to give each other a boost.”

Eloise, 13, has less experience performing than her big brother but was thrilled with her audition, where she performed her own version of Ed Sheeran’s “A Team”.

She said: “I was absolutely ecstatic when I got through.”

“I have always listened to that song and I fell in love with it as soon as it came out.

“I am thinking about trying a version of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon at the regional final. I want to make a big impact.”

And Eloise added: “I want the best person to win.”