Previous Winners

Teen Star Promo

DEWSBURY TALENT COMPETITION

Feedback from the Dewsbury Talent Competition.

DEWSBURY TALENT COMPETITION

Dewsbury Talent Competition: Singers and songwriters from the North East of England performed to impress music industry judges and a capacity crowd at the Dewsbury Talent Competition at Dewsbury Town Hall in Dewsbury this weekend. The Open Mic UK Dewsbury Talent Competition gave singers and songwriters the chance to gain a place at the Open Mic UK Grand Final.

The music industry professionals judging the Dewsbury Talent Competition were:

  • Chris Grayston, Head Judge from Future Music
  • Julie Miles from Vocal Ovation
  • Beckie Oldham a Vocal Coach
  • Jamie Lee Harrison from All Star Music Management 
  • Sofia Spencer a singer and vocal coach
  • Asher Halle from Green Pepper Junction records & Brit Awards 
  • Kate Hollands from Pro Voice Studios

Dewsbury Talent CompetitionSee industry feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of the Open Mic UK competition, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts.

Dewsbury Talent Competition – Under 16’s Feedback

Maia Broughton – A very believable performance, your use of body and hand gestures was excellent. Consider taking the mic off the stand and working the stage for even better connection to the audience. Click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Vocally strong, consider just a wider use of dynamics to save your projection and to emphasise the hook/chorus. 

Ellie Kay – Lovely tone and projection vocally which you varied nicely. Good to see you stand when performer with the guitar but look to bring more animation to the performance both more expression and movement required. Click here for more on playing guitar and how adding more dynamics could be really beneficial for your future performances. 

Jessica Nash – You need to commit even more to the cool vibe you are on the right lines and progression of this could work well for you. Try not to repeat holding your chest and address us more directly as an audience. Click here for more on audience engagement. You have a strong voice and a great look that really compliments your performance, click here for more on act image and synchronisation and how it can be hugely beneficial.

Leah Stuart – Your showing such potential for your age but the song choice was far too big on this occasion, you pushed too hard to hit the high notes and lost the control. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. Performance wise ensure you don’t become too rooted to the spot and look to use that stage more. Click here for more on performing on stage for singers.

Kenza - Really good eye contact with the audience throughout, great connection and protrayal of emotion. You have a great stage presence and a lovely tone to your voice which you highlighted well throughout a confident performance. This perhaps wasn't the best song choice for you to really show your full potential on the day. Click here for more on the importance of song choice

Ellie Keenan – You climbed into the notes wonderfully and seemingly effortless, you have a lot of power.  Try and develop your eye contact and expression to be more convincing in terms of portraying the emotion of every line in the song, click here for more on why eye contact is important. Can see the connection with the song but need to break the song down now to give greater emotional dynamics. 

Harry Weatherhead - Lovely tone and you can see you have worked hard with the performance. More performances will help build up your confidence to be a little more natural and thus convincing. Vocally, look to give us more dynamic range click here for more on singing dynamics and here for more on performing on stage for singers

Rebecca Vernon – You really connected with this song and you had a wonderful rasp to your vocal. Click here for the importance of emotional connection to the performance. Consider taking the mic off the stand and working that stage to connect even more to the audience. Better mic control could have given you even more projection click here for more on microphone technique for singers.

Niamh – It’s important when you are sat to perform that you give us more animation and expression throughout your performance, click here for more tips on singing with facial expressions, to help us as an audience connect even more to the emotion in the song. Also look to read the following on article performing with music keyboards, to help you get you performance to the next level. 

Olivia Crawford – Strong vocally and the guitarist gave it that live feel! try to commit more to the performance. As performers on stage look to acknowledge each other even more, to show a connection as performers. The guitarist as part of the act needs to give us something throughout the performance. Click here for tips for music duos and groups.

Ethan Cross - This was a very well thoughout rehearsed and choreographed routine well done. You harmonised really well and have a lovely tone to your vocals. You have a great image which complimented your performance really well, click here for more on act image and synchronisation and how it can be hugely beneficial.

Dewsbury Talent Competition - Feedback

Angel – The importance of a first impression is so vital and you need to start performing as soon as you come on stage. Click here for more on performing on stage for singers. Vocally you have a great tone but you need to work on singing in time. A good vocal coach could really help you reach your full vocal potentilal, click here for more on the importance of singing lessons.

Willow Jarvis – Commit more to the story in the song. Watch your mic control, you are looking away quite a bit from the mic which is making your projection inconsistent, click here for more on microphone technique for singers. As a performance give us more animation and expression throughout, to help convey the meaning of the song even more, click here for more on singing with facial expressions.

Kayla-Mae – You have nice tone to your voice but you aren’t helping your projection by holding the mic so far away from your voice, click here for more on microphone technique for singers.  Your choice of song was perhaps not the best choice to really show off your talent, it was a bit too theatrical, click here for the importance of song choice.

Paige Elsom – The song has some real potential, some great lyrics and sentiment, look to focus on the hook of the song and construct the delivery to drive that through. Click here for tips on how to write that killer song chorus. Performance and song would benefit greatly from developing the dynamics.  

Becky Holmes – You sang the song really well and you have a lovely tone to your voice but you needed to commit more to it to really drive the song harder which, with better dynamics would have given it more emphasis click here for more on guitar dynamics.

Katie Chomse – Think more dynamics and not just the pain and anguish in a song but also the optimism and hope in the song, make sure you give that an equal amount of expression and value. It was good to see you take the microphone off the stage but look to commit even more to the performance, click here for more tips on performing on stage for singers.

Courtney Hadwin – Sitting during your performance and being quite far back on the stage made it difficult for us to connect to you from the start of your performance. Vocally you have massive attention, you sustain the notes beautifully. Think more dynamics and not just the pain and anguish in a song but also the optimism and hope in the song too, make sure all range of emotions within a song are given equal amounts of attention.

Dewsbury Talent Competition Feedback - 16-20

Liam Brocklesby – Great song choice click here for the importance of song choice. Going forward think about making the song more your own when performing a cover song it is key that you really put your own stamp on it, click here for more on performing a creative cover. If you can learn to bring in more dynamic range you could really bring a climax to the song.

Nikita Obermuller – It is really important when performing a cover that you really make it your own to stand out from the crowd as an acoustic artists at this stage in the competition, click here for more on performing a creative cover and click here for more on writing lyrics - getting started. You are a very passionate performer and have a really beautiful vocal which you displayed effortlessly. 

Cynthia Khumalo –With such a big popular song and iconic singer you are always going to be difficult to really stand out, click here for more on the importance of song choice. Try and develop your eye contact and expression to be more convincing in terms of portraying the emotion of every line in the song, can see the connection with the song but you need to break the song down now to give greater emotional dynamics. Click here for more on the importance of emotional connection.

Dewsbury Talent Competition Feedback - 21 and Over

Alfi – You have a really nice tone, but as a duo you need to layer up the harmonies rather than double track the same vocal lines. As performers on stage look to acknowledge each other even more, to show a connection as performers. Click here for tips for music duos and groups.

Nikki Rogers – Really impressive start, as soon as it went up tempo you came in a little early.  You movement and stage performance worked really well, just try and relax even more into it and let go. Try to connect more to the lyrics to fully expression the emotion within the song, click here for more on the importance of emotional connection.

Robyn Johnson – Quirky little song to go along with your image, click here for more on act image and synchronisation and how it can be hugely beneficial. Think you would benefit from standing up as it would give you the opportunity to be more animated and really perform more throughout. Try and get your delivery timing and expression more co-ordinated and exaggerated. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions.

Jessica – It feels as though you are holding back and there is huge potential simmering, as when you cut loose it was really impressive. Performance wise your body is too static, you need to be more animated and give us more expression, click here for more on singing with facial expressions. You have a terrific vocal range and control but it would have been nice for you to put your own spin on the song, click here for more on performing a creative cover.

Lanie BrownYou have a terrific vocal tone and control which you highlighted well throughout you performance but, it would have been nice for you to put your own spin on the song you that were covering, click here for more on performing a creative coverotherwise you are in danger of sounding too similar to the artist's version. Great to see you enjoying yourself when performing which made it an enjoyable one to watch.

Austin JR – Good song, your image and sound are both very current and relatable, click here for more on act image and synchronisation and how it can be hugely beneficial. Look to coordinate a more structured performance as at times your hand gestures seemed a bit haphazard. The popping break down could have really worked but the song seemed to rush out of it. You had a really good connection with the song which you conveyed well throughout a confident performance. Click here for more on the importance of emotional connection.

Karen Stewart – Good to see you trying to make a cover your own by being creative but you struggled with the tuning from the start and were often singing in the wrong key. Click here for more on performing a creative cover. Try and develop your eye contact and expression to be more convincing in terms of portraying the emotion of every line in the song, can see the connection with the song but you need to break the song down now to give greater emotional dynamics. Click here for more on the importance of emotional connection.

Sasha Beckinsale – Liked your circular mic control, it was a bit different and made you stand out. Performance wise you aren’t giving us much of a performance on stage, give us the emotion in the song by being animated, with the expression and movement of your body, click here for more on singing with facial expressions. You have great vocal which you controlled well throughout your performance.

Tre Amici – What a wall of sound! Tight and well co-ordinated, love the way you build it up in groups and then all as one. Great harmonies and confidence. You will go into the Grand Final as one to watch!

Dewsbury Talent Competition 

All singers and songwriters successful from the Dewsbury Talent Competition progressed onto the next stage of the competition, the Open Mic UK Grand Final  Which will be held at NEC Birmingham 23rd January 2016.

If you’re a singer or songwriter looking to gain more performance experience and win industry prizes then why not enter singing contest Open Mic UK.

Click below for more news

Join us on

   Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest

Advice for Unsigned Singers

  • MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT


    MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT

    What does Music Artist Management do?

     

    Music Artist Management: All music mangers vary and can do an array of different jobs to help artists develop every aspect of their music careers. What a manager does for you …

    Read More...
  • LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?


    LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?

    Should you be looking for a music manager?

    Looking for a music manager?: Certainly what we’d advise especially when starting out is just concentrate on your own affairs to begin with before you start looking …

    Read More...
  • WRITING A PRESS RELEASE


    WRITING A PRESS RELEASE 

    Putting together and writing a press release

    Writing a press release: You need something to back up your words explaining your story for your newspaper article, that’s where writing a press release, comes in. …

    Read More...
  • MUSIC PRODUCTION


    MUSIC PRODUCTION

    Choosing a recording studio for your music production 

    Music Production: You’ve spent time and effort writing your own material, so when it comes to music production – laying down your tracks, choosing a …

    Read More...
  • USING YOUTUBE


    USING YOUTUBE

    Using YouTube and uploading videos

    Using YouTube: YouTube is the most popular video platform for singers as we go to print, so using YouTube can be a great platform, although Facebook are keen to take a piece of this market, so …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK TOOLS


    FACEBOOK TOOLS

    Using the right Facebook tools for promotion

    Facebook Tools: Facebook is still one of the best marketing platforms for singers, musicians and songwriters to promote their music and events on, therefore utilising Facebook tools can …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK POSTS


    FACEBOOK POSTS 

    Facebook posts and content rules

    Facebook Posts: Getting your Facebook posts right is important. Post too little and you are in danger of getting lost in people's news feeds and forgotten. Post too much and you will irritate …

    Read More...
  • FACEBOOK HELP


    FACEBOOK HELP 

    Facebook help to get you started

    Facebook help: One of the first steps with your Facebook help is to make sure your bio, picture and information are as clear as possible. Also, make sure your profile picture on Facebook is …

    Read More...

Open Mic UK News

  • AUDITION DATES RELEASED


    AUDITION DATES RELEASED

    Music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2016 are announced today! 

    Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2016! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be …

    Read More...
  • LONDON SINGING AUDITIONS 2016


    LONDON SINGING AUDITIONS 2016

    Open Mic UK’s London singing auditions are on Sunday 14th August

    London Singing Auditions 2016: The national singing competition Open Mic UK have announced their 2016 singing audition dates and the competition …

    Read More...
  • READING SINGING AUDITIONS 2016


    READING SINGING AUDITIONS 2016

    Reading singing auditions on Saturday 17th September for Open Mic UK

    Reading Singing Auditions 2016: Open Mic UK, the national singing competition holds singing auditions in 15 regions across the UK every year and …

    Read More...
  • NOTTINGHAM SINGING AUDITIONS 2016


    NOTTINGHAM SINGING AUDITIONS 2016

    Singing auditions in Nottingham on Saturday 10th September

    Nottingham Singing Auditions 2016: Open Mic UK is on the hunt to find the best undiscovered talent in the UK and the competition is coming to Nottingham. …

    Read More...

Singing Feedback

  • MANCHESTER SINGING CONTEST


    MANCHESTER SINGING CONTEST 

    Singers were given feedback at the Manchester Regional Final Showcase

     

    Manchester Singing Contest: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Manchester singing contest at The Royal Northern College …

    Read More...
  • GLASGOW AUDITIONS


    GLASGOW AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Glasgow Auditions

    Glasgow Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Glasgow auditions at Dance HQ in Glasgow this weekend. The Glasgow auditions gave singers and …

    Read More...
  • NEWCASTLE AUDITIONS


    NEWCASTLE AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Newcastle Auditions

     

    Newcastle Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Newcastle auditions at The Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle this weekend. The …

    Read More...
  • READING AUDITIONS


    READING AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Reading Auditions

    Reading Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Reading auditions at Sub89 in Reading this weekend. The Reading auditions gave singers and songwriters …

    Read More...
  • CAMDEN AUDITIONS


    CAMDEN AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Camden Auditions

     

    Camden Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Camden auditions at Dingwalls in Camden this weekend. The Camden auditions gave singers and …

    Read More...
  • NOTTINGHAM AUDITIONS


    NOTTINGHAM AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Nottingham Auditions

    Nottingham Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Nottingham auditions at The NEC in Nottingham this weekend. The Nottingham auditions gave …

    Read More...
  • LIVERPOOL AUDITIONS


    LIVERPOOL AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Liverpool Auditions

    Liverpool Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Liverpool auditions at The Liner Hotel in Liverpool this weekend. The Liverpool auditions gave …

    Read More...
  • SOUTHAMPTON AUDITIONS


    SOUTHAMPTON AUDITIONS

    Singers were given feedback at the Southampton Auditions

    Southampton Auditions: Music industry judges gave singers feedback at the Southampton auditions at The 1865 in Southampton this weekend. The Southampton auditions …

    Read More...

Singing Competition Prizes

  • BELFAST RECORDING STUDIOS


    BELFAST RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Belfast Regional Finals!

    Belfast Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Belfast Regional Finals took place this weekend at Kings Hall in …

    Read More...
  • EXETER RECORDING STUDIOS


    EXETER RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Exeter Regional Finals! 

    Exeter Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Exeter Regional Finals took place this weekend at Exeter Corn …

    Read More...
  • ESSEX RECORDING STUDIOS


    ESSEX RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Essex Regional Finals!

    Essex Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Essex Regional Finals took place this weekend at Marconi Social Club in …

    Read More...
  • CAMDEN RECORDING STUDIOS


    CAMDEN RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Camden Regional Finals! 

    Camden Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Camden Regional Finals took place this weekend at Dingwalls in …

    Read More...
  • READING RECORDING STUDIOS


    READING RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Reading Regional Finals! 

    Reading Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Reading Regional Finals took place this weekend at Sub89 in …

    Read More...
  • NOTTINGHAM RECORDING STUDIOS


    NOTTINGHAM RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Nottingham Regional Finals! 

    Nottingham Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Nottingham Regional Finals took place this weekend …

    Read More...
  • MILTON KEYNES RECORDING STUDIOS


    MILTON KEYNES RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Milton Keynes Regional Finals!

     

    Milton Keynes Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Milton Keynes Regional Finals took place …

    Read More...
  • NEWCASTLE RECORDING STUDIOS


    NEWCASTLE RECORDING STUDIOS

    Prizes such as time in recording studios were up for grabs at the Open Mic UK Newcastle Regional Finals!

     

    Newcastle Recording Studios Prizes: The Open Mic UK Newcastle Regional Finals took place this weekend at …

    Read More...

Social Network Feeds