Previous winners include Birdy!
The Open Mic UK music competition winners were announced at the O2 at the Open Mic National Grand Final. The best unsigned vocalists from across the UK, turned out for the competition Grand Final, to perform and compete for the Open Mic UK title.
Acts took to the stage at the Indig02 in London in front of a packed out crowd and judging panel that included Radio 1's Ras Kwame, BGM’s Michael King, Future Music’s Chris Grayston, The Editor-in-Chief of Flavour magazine Annika Allen, Dane Bowers and Shola Ama.
All acts performed to their very best and were a credit to themselves and the competition, Judges’ feedback is below.
Views expressed by Judges are opinions and subjective to that particular Judge panel and in no way reflect the views of Open mic UK but are published with a view to be positive and beneficial to the performing acts so they may take on board with a view to helping them.
Oliver Mascarenhas: Had likeability with a very catchy and sincere original. Watch mic control sure this was mentioned in previous feedback to achieve a consistent sound.
Katie Benbow: A confident and well rehearsed performance. There was less transition between cover and original, which was backed up with a mature and well thought out performance.
4 REAL: How much have these boys improved in the competition? Out of sight! Both their image and performance is now coming together stronger.
Victoria Haslam: Limited herself with a static performance, she needs to work the stage and I’m sure she has more power to come with her voice. Song choice was a little too big for her.
Sophie Cooke: Another very mature performance, thus being the theme of the show so far. This is the O2 and the performers are playing out of their skin. Performance being critical was a little dull. Great future ahead of her!
Jessi Jane: Another one with a great future ahead of her. Such expression and presence, remarkable. Act name may not work as Jessie J is going to be probably the biggest selling artist this year!
Tamsin Ball: Such clarity in the voice, again such mature expression. This girl’s place is on stage in the theatre at the west end.
Chelsie Tyrell: Loved the raspy voice with some lovely written original material. Work on the image and personality while performing and doors could open up...watch this space.
Disctracted: After a nervy start, they settled into an accomplished performance with some great harmonies. These guys will be really good when they sort out a bit more presence and movement on stage, which should come with a bit more confidence. Vocally on the money.
Hatty Keane; Solid and well worked routine. Smashed it! Looked fantastic and sounded amazing! She is ready to go out now as a complete artist. Find the right original track and this could be dynamite.
Danica Hunter: Dodgy guitar connection did detract from the intensity that Danica has been able to convey throughout the competition. She has been one of the star acts throughout the regional and area finals with her own distinctive and passionate style.
Jade Donno: Vocally was pitchy, sounds like a sore throat, but performed with great enthusiasm and worked the stage well.
Lauren Smith; Good song choice, performed with a really infectious smile which hid some obvious nerves. Vocally one of the strongest performances. A brighter dress would have complimented her complexion.
Siana Schofield: Loved the look, very stylish but just looses concentration with the vocals at times. She needs to find more power in the vocal, which is lacking and apparent against some of the stronger vocalists on display in the show.
Sophie Plummer; Beautifully sung could have used more expression and needs to cheer up.
Mellia; Vocally needed to be more confident, first impression lacked confidence and conviction. Performance perhaps looking too manufactured and not naturally flowing enough, Dewsbury performance was a better routine.
Kasia Howley: Just pushing the vocal too hard and didn’t sound as sweet as it should.
Rosie May Hudson-Edmonds: Wasn’t so mad on the song choices, could have been more contemporary. Need a look that will make her distinctive.
Issy Ferris: Quite a new folky edge, guitar however sounded out of tune but didn’t detract too much from a strong vocal.
Carolina Blue: Smashed it all the way through the competition with spot on arrangement of vocals and harmonies and today was again no different. Show more character and look like you’re having fun more.
Ollie Rudge: Nice vibe going on, Judges liked the way he rocked it with a confident and credible performance which made Ollie stand out.
Em Jay Jo: Song choice wasn’t the best to express her vocals, not always totally tuned into the pitch either, need to control the nerves as she looked frightened.
Alex Williams: Plenty of image, needs to work a bit more on substance. Vocals went backwards out of key for most of the performance, which was disappointing after the much improved vocal at the area final. Alex has a lot to offer but needs to work on basics.
Ellie Gunter: Well worked and entertaining performance, watch this girl as she’s only going to get better!
Roseanne Hamilton: Image not great, but what a vocal! Has had a standing ovation in previous rounds from the Judges. Has great potential with an amazing voice and right up there with the best vocally.
Dan Crossley: Extremely confident with good stage presence which pleased the crowd but perhaps played to the crowd a little too much!
Shaleah Maraj: The girl can move, she works the stage well with a brave a capella to start with which she just carried off.