Yazzy Chamberlain is crowned a winner at Open Mic UK.

Teenage singer songwriter Yazzy Chamberlain has succeeded on the national stage after being named a winner at the prestigious Open Mic UK contest.

The 15-year-old from Westward Ho! was one of three winners in the under 16s category, with second place at a glittering grand final in Birmingham’s NEC Arena on Saturday.

To get there, Yazzy, who attends Kingsley School in Bideford, battled through regional and area finals against a field of more than 9,000 acts.

She has twice made it to the semi finals of the TeenStar competitions and Chris Grayston, head of organiser Future Music, said: “It’s rare to find someone who can captivate the audience as well as Yazzy is able to.

“We’ve seen her for many years now and every time she comes back stronger and even more impressive than before.”

In the final she sang a new song she wrote just two weeks ago, called Silly Boys Breaking Hearts.

“I was just in complete shock when they announced my name and I was so happy I had a little cry on stage,” she said.

She also won the competition’s Exposure award for publicity and air time, which will see her receive free recording studio time.

Also picked by the judging panel were Tom Auton from Cardiff who was crowned winner of the Under 16s category, and Anna Foye from Gloucestershire who took home the third place.