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Uppingham Teenager finds fame on CBBC TV Show

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

Eva Finnemore (13) from Uppingham is a year 8 student at UCC and has spent her summer holidays living every child's dream in London, filming for a TV Show called 'Got What It Takes'.

You might know Eva better as the young, confident and talented musician and singer-songwriter, Eva Rose. Over the summer she has been filming episodes for the show which will be aired on CBBC on Monday 24th September 2018 and she needs your vote to WIN!

Eva and her Mother, Mel Finnemore moved to London for 3 weeks and stayed in the 'Music Mansion' with 8 other parents and child pairs. By day, the teams each took part competing in pop-star style challenges to get to get the teens to the sing-off. By night, they mingled and jammed together in the Music Mansion's common room, where they made - what Eva said were - friends for life.

The competition features famous mentors and industry experts such as Olly Murs, Maya Jama, John Newman, Sophia Grace and Britain's Got Talents Bars & Melody and the show is presented by Blogger/Influencer Anna Maynard. The winner of 'Got What It Takes' will have the opportunity to star on stage alongside music chart-toppers at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

The Finnemore family are community heroes in Rutland, as Eva's parents are firefighters and charity supporters locally in and around the county and are also Stonemasons at Finnemore Stone in Uppingham.

Eva has been singing and songwriting since she was 8 years old and she can play 7 instruments including the guitar and the piano. She says her love for music helps her academically in school especially in Maths and English which work in harmony with her songwriting, learning instruments and reading music.

She's an academic student at Uppingham Community College but makes as much time as she can for her passion, her music. Eva plays locally at open mic nights at Don Paddy's in Uppingham and monthly at Exeter Arms in Barrowden. She's also won Leicester's Got Talent and performs at HallatonFest annually, whilst still making time to maintain her grades at school and film for TV shows... I don't know how she does it!

Eva told me all about her look which she says is 'very important'. She loves bright colours and bold clothing choices but it's more than that... 

Every time she writes a new song, she buys a new outfit to go with it! For her song 'Moving On,' she wears a leather steampunk inspired outfits with a 50s style skirt which features a map. Eva is probably most noticeable for her incredible braids, usually in all kinds of colours which takes her Mum 5 hours to do and about 2 and half hours to take out before school.

As a child at primary school, Eva had a difficult time with bullies and she wrote a song called 'Invisible Invincible' at the age of 8 about her struggles and coming out the other side. Listening to Eva and her family explain this time to me and the reasons behind the song, I felt that this really has made Eva the strong, independent and determined thirteen-year-old she is today. She's an extremely polite, confident and utterly charming young woman and I find it hard to believe she's only 13. She carries herself perfectly and a delight to spend time with.

"The show was a great experience and I've met friends for life"

- Eva Finnemore

It's really refreshing to hear such a young lady like Eva talk about how much she loves Rutland, despite traveling around the country performing she says 'she'll never want to live anywhere else'. 

Eva needs your support throughout the 10 'Got What It Takes' Episodes before the final on 26th November which will go to a vote for the winner of the series and Eva would love it if you could support her by voting when the time comes.

You can watch the first episode of 'Got What It Takes' on Monday 24th September on the CBBC channel at 5:25 pm. Watch the teens and their mums take on a Vlogging & Football Challenge!

Please note you must have a BBC online login to vote and I'll keep blogs social media accounts up to date with voting information nearer the time

Follow Eva Rose Music:

Instagram: @EvaRoseMusic05


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