Brothers get ready to storm song contest

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Dreams of pop music stardom are on the minds of Weston brothers George (19) and Freddie Barnett (16) after reaching the area finals of a national singing competition.

The brothers, whose band name Alfie Jack is taken from their respective middle names, are rehearsing for their big day at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on Sunday November 24 when they will compete for a place in the finals of Open Mic UK.

After an audition in Milton Keynes in August, George and Freddie were among 23 singers and groups to be chosen by a panel of judges to perform at the NEC next weekend.

George, who works at Baytree Nurseries in Weston, said: “We only started writing our own songs in January and while looking online for some gigs we could play at, the first thing that came up was this Open Mic UK competition.

“I asked Freddie if he was interested in us doing it together and we had our preliminary audition in Milton Keynes during the summer when the judges picked the top 23 entrants they wanted to perform at the area finals.

“After playing our song, we were sent to a waiting room where they later came in and told us who had got through to the area finals.

“We weren’t really expecting to get this far and we’re really proud, but we don’t want to assume that we’re going to reach the grand final.”

If the brothers reach the grand final at London’s O2 Arena in January 2014, they will stand a chance of winning £5,000 in cash to further their careers.

Freddie said: “We’re quite acoustic in our style and we like people such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, rather than the pop stars of today.

“Our parents are pretty supportive and they are coming with us to Birmingham to cheer us on next weekend.”