Gallery: Leon Bratt takes Star Search competition by storm

An unsigned singer has won a national talent competition after being badgered to enter by his granddad.

Tuesday, 9th June 2015, 1:20 pm
Leon Bratt from Luton in Mecca singing competition.

Leon Bratt, from Maulden, stormed to success in the Mecca Bingo Star Search contest to find the latest singing sensation.

The 21-year-old singer/guitarist performed an acoustic Bob Marley medley to lift the title against seven other finalists, who were all female.

He said: “The whole day was pretty hectic, rehearsing and waiting for the evening’s performance, so when they called out my name I was completely overwhelmed. All the other acts were brilliant so it came as a huge surprise.

Leon Bratt from Luton in Mecca singing competition.

He added: “My grandparents, Peter and Brenda, play bingo in Luton about three times a week, and they always said I should enter since before I was 18.

“This is the first time Mecca has run the competition since I have been old enough to enter. I took part to make them happy, and I ended up winning!”

Leon, who works as a body piercer in Luton, won £5,000 prize money at the star-studded final, which was held in Blackpool on Saturday (June 6).

He hopes to invest the cash in his music career, booking studio time and making videos to put online - and putting on a performance for his supporters.

He said: “Thanks to Mecca, the competition has given me a fantastic starting platform and the money will be hugely helpful in funding my ongoing career.”

X Factor star Stacey Solomon, congratulated Leon on his win after wowed the judging panel, which included Linda Nolan.

Follow Leon’s music career on Twitter @leonbratt and www.soundcloud.com/leonbrattmusic