Doncaster rapper reaches grand finals of life-changing contest

Rapper Jay Betts, of Wheatley, who has made it through to the area finals of Open Mic UK
Rapper Jay Betts, of Wheatley, who has made it through to the area finals of Open Mic UK

Doncaster rap star of the future Jay Betts has made it through to the grand final of a talent contest which could change his life.

The 25-year-old impressed judges at the regional finals of Open Mic UK at the weekend and he has sailed through to the grand final which takes place next month.

“I made the performance really energetic with the songs I chose so I just came out and went for it and it paid off,” said Jay, of Wentworth Road, Wheatley, who performed a mash-up of Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us and Sway’s Still Speedin’.

“I don’t know if they expected the second song to kick in. When I went into the second song with really fast lyrics I could see the judges were really impressed. One of them even approached me and shook my hand after the show. He said it was awesome and he really enjoyed it.”

The grand final takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on January 18 and the winner takes home a £5,000 prize to spend on developing their music career. Previous entrants have included Lucy Spraggan, Jahmene Douglas and Birdy.

“I’m feeling really positive about the grand final now,” said Jay.

“I’m just going to take the feeling from the area final and try to produce something that’s going to blow them away.

“There were a lot of talented artists and the next stage is just going to be even more intense so I just want to give it my all. Winning this could change my life so I’m just focused on getting it right.

Jay is now appealing to local businesses for sponsorship to subsidise the cost of a coach to the NEC for fans.

Call him on 07581 421785 if you can help.