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Kismet 'so close' to national music title

PUBLISHED: 16:09 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 11 August 2010

BRIGHT lights, big stages and large audiences aren t anything new to R&B trio Kismet. The girl group have been tirelessly performing throughout the UK and this week came achingly close to taking home a major national music title. Mandy, Charley and Lera t

BRIGHT lights, big stages and large audiences aren't anything new to R&B trio Kismet.

The girl group have been tirelessly performing throughout the UK and this week came achingly close to taking home a major national music title.

Mandy, Charley and Lera took the stage in front of more than 2,000 people at the Hackney Empire for the grand finals of UK Unsigned.

The competition has been running since the start of the year and its aim is to discover the very best unsigned talents from a host of different genres.

After battling their way through the heats and semi-finals Kismet performed an amazing set in front of a huge crowd on Sunday, March 30.

Soulful singer Mandy Giltjes, from Barking, said: "It was a great night and we were really proud of our performance.

"We worked extremely hard to get as far as we did and we spent extra rehearsal time ensuring we had our songs and our dances absolutely right."

The trio had just four minutes to impress a panel of industry judges and chose to perform a trio of impressive original songs : "In The Club", "Them Sounds", and "Addicted".

Despite an excellent performance Kismet failed to win the competition but are hopeful that they have impressed some of the industry pros in the audience.

Mandy added: "There were executives there from Sony BMG and Universal as well as celebrity guests and hosts.

"It was an excellent experience for us, but one that we had to work hard for.

"We have been rehearsing four days a week and so we've put a lot of effort in.

"We had really strong competition in the final and are really happy to have taken part."

The band will now return to performing and will kick things off with a local gig at the Jo Richardson School on Friday.

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