A YOUNG singer has her sights set on first place after reaching the final of a national talent competition.
Hana Smyth, 22, of The Suttons, in St Leonards, is due to go head to head with the other finalists of UK Festival 4 Stars, in November.
Hana, who uses the stage name of Hana Christine, hopes that this competition will open doors in the music industry, as prizes include opportunities to sing in Dubai and LA, a recording contract and a year of mentoring.
She hopes to be able to record and release original music, and said: “I’m so excited to be in the final of UK Festival 4 Stars.
“So much work has been put into preparing each round, and it was worth it!
“I’m so grateful for all the support, it means so much to me. To win would be like getting a gold in the Olympics for singing.”
The panel of judges will include Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker.
Hana has been singing semi-professionally since she was 17, and she studied for a vocal diploma at Brighton Institute of Modern Music, gaining a distinction.
She has sung in the UK and abroad, as well as for a number of leading politicians, including the Scottish First Minister.