Ruthin Joe lands spot in grand final

Published date: 23 December 2013 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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A DENBIGHSHIRE singer has spoken of his joy with his recent competition success.

Joe Woolford, 19, from Ruthin has reached the final of the prestigious UK Open Mic

He is now just one good performance away from being crowned the ‘UK’s Best on the Mic 2013.’

“It was truly the best experience of my life,” said Joe when asked about his success.

Joe had been competing in regional finals for the northern half of the UK.

The event took place in Dewsbury in Yorkshire, where Joe became the only Welsh
representative in the finals.

A large contingent of fans travelled from Ruthin to support Joe.

Joe was initially nervous on the morning of the regional final, but some shock news just before he took to the stage put him in the right frame of mind to succeed.

Joe said: “At first, I really wasn’t happy with my sound check.

“I was far too nervous and in my mind I didn't sound good enough.

“It was really affecting my confidence and I was worried about how my performance
would go in the live show.

“In the last round I was put through by the wildcard public vote, and because I got through with the wildcard, I didn't have that option this time.

“So, if I wasn’t in the judge’s high scores, I
would have simply been eliminated from the competition.

“I only found that out minutes before the show started.

“And when I got told that, something inside me triggered and I knew I had to perform
absolutely perfectly and my determination just shoved the nerves out of my head.

“I knew as long as I performed well in my mind, I can go home happy regardless to
what the result was.”

Joe went on stage to sing Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’, taking inspiration from
his father.
“It’s a song that really means a lot to me as it is one of my father’s favourite songs and I also have it tattooed on my arm, so I was hoping that would be a good luck charm,” said Joe.

The grand final, which is expected to be a sellout, will be held in the Birmingham NEC on Saturday, January 18.

Anyone wishing to secure tickets should get in touch with Joe as soon as possible.
Joe paid tribute to all of the support he has received.

He said: “I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone, not only my friends and family, but my work and the whole community for having so much faith and belief in what I do.

“It just pushes me to work so much harder and those who know me know how much I want this.

“But it’s nice to know that even those who don’t know me want me to succeed, so I’d like to thank everyone for that.”

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