Singer songwriter Zoe Mead has won through to the regional finals of the Live and Unsigned competition.
This year over 10,000 hopefuls have entered the national contest to win a recording and management contract. Zoe will perform at Fareham on the 3 April for a place in the final in London.
As well as being judged on her performance, she will be marked on her promotion of the event, ticket sales and the number of supporters in the audience.
Last year, she narrowly missed out on a place but is confident that this year she can go all the way.
Over the past year, her style and image have developed and she describes her music as quirky, alternative acoustic. The twenty year old student writes from her imagination rather than her own experience. "My life is pretty un-tragic so I write about the lives of people around me and put myself in their shoes."
"I'm aiming to reach the final because there'll be people in the audience who could pick you up and sign you. I'm not just in it to win it though: I want to make my family proud of me."
Zoe studies events management and marketing at Bournemouth but comes back to Swindon most weekends to practice and play gigs.
Family and friends are backing her and plan to take a coach to Fareham to offer their support. She said, "my dad absolutely loves it and I love the look on his face when I come out of gigs; that gives me the best feeling."