Hollywood hopes for talented young singer

Leon Bratt from Luton in Mecca singing competition.
Leon Bratt from Luton in Mecca singing competition.

One lucky Luton lad has made it through to the star-studded national finals of Mecca’s Star Search competition to find the nation’s new singing sensation.

Leon Bratt will perform live on Saturday, June 6, at Mecca Blackpool in front of a judging panel that includes Anna Cryer, from the Blackpool Gazette and celebrity Linda Nolan, with the event hosted by X Factor star Stacey Solomon.

Leon, 19, a professional body piercer from Luton, will be aiming to win the national final after beating the competition in Southend-on-Sea, where he performed an acoustic rendition of Valerie by The Zutons.

The judging panel will rank each contestant on their singing talent, how entertaining their performances are and also their star potential.

The winning contestant will get the ultimate star treatment, jetting off to Los Angeles on a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Hollywood, with accommodation in a top Beverley Hills Hotel and spending money thrown in.

Mecca club manager for Southend, Barry Lyons, said: “We’re extremely excited that Leon has made it through to the national finals. Who knew there was so much hidden talent out there?

“Leon has really set the bar, so expectations are high for his final performance this Saturday!

“The panel of judges are certainly going to have a difficult job when it comes to choosing the overall winner.”

Leon said: “It was an amazing feeling getting through to the national finals of the competition but now the pressure is on!

“Singing is my passion, so to win would be a dream come true and hopefully put me one step closer to becoming a professional singer.”

To become a Mecca member simply sign up at your nearest club or online at www.meccabingo.com. It’s free to join but you will need to be at least 18 years old.