A MUSSELBURGH singer ended on a high note at the Karaoke World Championships in Norway at the weekend.

Rebecca Traynor, 25, representing Scotland, came sixth in the competition, which attracted vocalists from 17 countries including Ukraine, Canada and Singapore.

The former pupil of Pinkie St Peter’s Primary and Musselburgh Grammar Schools was supported at home by well-wishers including her twin sister Emma, who is a country and western singer, and also members of the community.

Her mum Karen and dad Robert, who are her “biggest fans”, were cheering her on at the competition.

The performances, held live before an audience in a cinema in Arnes outside Oslo, went out worldwide on YouTube and were judged by an international jury.

Over the course of the competition, Rebecca, a classically trained singer, sang I (Who Have Nothing) and Bring Me To Life, both in the style of Katherine Jenkins, as well as Anthem from Chess and, when she reached the top 10, Nessun dorma.

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Rebecca, who impressed judges with her online video performance of You Raise Me Up to be selected for the championships, was the only competitor from the UK.

She told the Courier: “I do karaoke on nights out.

“To a lot of people it’s pub related but karaoke is Japanese for empty orchestra – a song without vocals.”

The winner of the competition was Keke Adiba, from Indonesia.

Rebecca, who works at Specsavers in Dalkeith, started singing at a young age and attended opera lessons, achieving grade eight.

A former winner of Edinburgh’s Got Talent, she has twice won the Rotary Club of Musselburgh’s Young Musician of the Year competition and takes part in events to help charities.

She said: “This was my first international competition and I was over the moon to reach the top 10 and come sixth.

“It was nerve-racking but, after the Covid-19 pandemic, I was excited to be back on stage.”

She added: “I love being part of a very supportive community and am forever grateful for all the support and supportive comments from Musselburgh residents.”