Karen Harding - Open My Eyes
24 year-old Karen is from Newcastle. After posting a series of cover versions on line it was her version of Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ that excited producer MNEK. He invited Karen to London, but while she was on the East Coast mainline he called to cancel due to other commitments. Karen explained she was on her way to London, so he agreed to work with her for just 2 hours. From that rushed session came ‘Say Something’ which reached No7 last year. Since then she’s recorded more tracks with MNEK which will be part of her debut album later in the year. In 2010, she took part in the Eurovision song contest heats, but was eliminated in the penultimate round after singing Kylie Minogue's ‘What Do I Have to Do’. She also entered the 2013 X Factor, but was eliminated at the boot camp stage during the six-chair challenge.