FEEDBACK FOR SINGERS
Open Mic UK has provided feedback for the 2015 Grand Finalists!
Feedback For Singers: The Open Mic UK Grand Final took place this weekend at The NEC in Birmingham and saw the best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists across the country take to the stage in their efforts to win the title of ‘Open Mic UK Champion’.
The Grand Finalists performed in front of a music industry judging panel who have provided each of the acts with feedback on their performance to help them improve future performances.
The music industry professionals judging the Grand Final Singing Competition were:
- A&R for Sony Music Layla Manoochehri
- CeCe Sammy TV personality and celebrity vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Will Young, Simon Cowell and Leona Lewis
- Andy Baker a music manager from Rocket Fuel
- Jayne Collins an A&R consultant for major record companies who put together and managed The Saturdays and The Wanted
- Laurence Hobbs from Charthouse Music, a producer who has previously worked with Pixie Lott, Sam Smith and One Direction
- James Ellet from Global Entertainment
- Barney Addison from Syco Music and Thames TV
- Head of Future Music Chris Grayston.
Feedback For Singers: See 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.
Feedback For Singers – Under 16’s Feedback
Annabel – What a fantastic song such emotion and connection to the song, just watch you don’t over stretch your vocal and lose control. Click here for some example vocal exercises for singers to help improve your vocal control. Vocally you have a great tone and really good control on the high notes, a great overall performance.
Archie McKeown – Pleased you made the effect with your hands otherwise it would have been way too close to the original and that made it a little different click here for more on the importane of performing a creative cover. Vocally very solid just be aware not to push it too much and lose control.
Courtney – Great to see you consider the importance of image, click here for more on why act image and synchronisation is so important. Look to give as much attention now to acting out the story in the song. Remember to embrace the bright positive parts of the story as well as the sorrow and pain. Vocal wise, you have great tone and control but watch your timing.
Courtney Hadwin – Lots of potential with super power, you just need to hone in on the control. Great passion and talent throughout. You convey emotion well but you just need to develop the dynamics of when to drop the big notes combined with the performance.
Daisy Jackaman – Great Power and control is all there! Can see Daisy fitting in well in a West End show. The trouble with doing a theatrical song is you are acting a part rather than being your own self. Try to convey ,more of who you are as an artist within your performances.
Daniel Chettoe – If you just close your eyes this lad sounds like a seasoned pro. Consider making these covers your own by changing the lyrics and really playing with them, just a slightly different delivery probably doesn’t give us enough originality. Click here for more performing a creative cover.
DIA – Great song choice, you really made it different and rocked it up. Make sure you watch your mic control as you are making the projection and volume very inconsistent. Click here for more on microphone technique tips for singers. Performance wise, look to engage more directly with the audience. Click here for more on audience engagement.
Ellie Zaccheo – You have a very good sultry manner and look. Performance wise, you need to give more not just focus on the vocals which you do fantastically well! Click here for more advice on stage performance tips for singers.
Erin Lecount – Great Musicianship, you play with confidence and vocally you have a really good tone. Performance wise, felt that the tempo was too slow and it needed to be brought to life a little more.
Harrison Langham – You picked a massive number to do but you did it real justice. Remember to perform in the instrumental sections aswell. A strong vocal and youthful looks will see great opportunities for you with no doubt if you want to put yourself in the spot light.
Jacklyn Pandolfo – You have a super and unique tone. You picked a tough song and we loved that you held the notes sustaining them with great power, tone and control.
Jahna Lucero – We like that you always pick lively numbers and bring life to any show. With that, we would like to see more of a routine and/or perhaps dancers involved with your performance as a whole. Click here for advice on when to use backup dancers. On occasions vocally you seem a little over rushed.
Jake – Super song, great improvement within the space of a year! The song is catchy and meaningful and you conveyed the emotion witihin the lyrics well. Work on getting your delivery timed slightly better to really punch out the hook line to be even better.
Jessica Nash – Loved the mash up, if you created that yourself that’s very creative and you should be writing your own songs click here for more on writing lyrics - setting started. Performance wise look to commit more to the emotion in the song. You brought exactly what a mash up should bring!
Joslyn – So much talent and you are at a great age to develop and become even better. You have super projection but, watch your control and don’t sacrifice control for power. Click here for some example vocal exercises for singers to help improve your vocal control.
Feedback For Singers
Kellimarie – Great to see you writing your own song and it’s decent but probably not stand out enough to make you stand out as an individual performer. To give you an idea you probably need to write 50 plus minimum to get an extremely solid album. Click here for tips on writing a killer song chorus.
Kirby – Good connection on stage between performers. The song felt it needed a change up a little earlier for you to really climb into the performance. Positioning wise on stage, come more to the front and don’t sit quite so far back. Also look to commit more to the performance be even more animated. Click here for more on performing on stage for singers.
Kitty Bella McAteer – Lovely tone and vocal. The pace of the song and performance felt a little too slow. It was great to see you playing with keys but the keywork was quite simplistic, look to involve more key changes throughout the song and click here for more advice on performing with music keyboards.
Kyle Music – Really good song choice which you made your own, click here for more on the importance of performing a creative cover. You have lots of character to your vocal which really assists in delivering the story of the song.
Lola Young – Vocally on you were on a different level and performance wise the crazy over the top expression just may work for you! Click here for more on singing with facial expressions.
Mariah Louise Jackson – Lovely vocal and great vocal power but perhaps time to consider bringing some more originality to your performances, click here for more performing a creative cover and here for tips on writing lyrics - setting started.
Millie Mae – You looked like you were having fun which is always engaging. Try to commit even more to the performance and perform as much as you can as you have bags of potential. Click here for more on when to ask the audience to participate or not.
Matilda Pratt – You can see the passion and emotion but you just need to develop a more natural delivery rather than forcing it. If you could work the dynamics more it would give your hooks more impact. Click here more advice on dynamics to help you get to that next level.
Rebecca Vernon – Liked that you used the stage and came to the edges to connect even more to the audience. Mic control wise please ensure you keep it held as close to your mouth as possible at all times click here for more tips on microphone technique for singers, despite this you had great vocal tone and control throughout.
Sam Bushell – Try and add more expression to convey the message within the song. Look to video yourself performing, observe other performances and adapt, try out different expressions and facial gesturing. Click here for tips on singing with facial expressions.
Samantha Lavery – You clearly have the ability but it felt a little forced on a number of levels, image wise take care to not look over the top and vocally you were pushing it harder than the song would really allow. It was reat you made a creative cover and that was a sound choice, click here for more on the importance of performing a creative cover.
Shanice Forster – Great song choice, a popular band who broke onto the scene in the last two years making it a cool choice and a good vibe. Not sure you made the song different enough to really stand out, click her for tips on making the song your own. The guitar work was too simplistic and needed more chord changes. Click here for more on guitar dynamics.
Stephanie – Lots of talent! Great vocal tone throughout, take care with your control and look to make the songs more original going forward, click here for more on the importance of performing a creative cover.
Zahara – Vocally great but needed more of a performance to really make you stand out at this stage of the competition. Click here for more advice on stage performance tips for singers. Try to really commit more to the performance aspect and use the stage to your full advantage.
Feedback For Singers - 16 -20
Annalise & Jayde – Vocally very strong but you need to vary the harmonies. If you layer up the vocals it will add a lot more depth to the song. Instrumentally it was also too empty needed more chord structure to fill in.
Belle Harmonie – There is glimpses of real potential and you can see you have worked really hard on the routine and performance. Unfortunately you all have varying abilities of both dancing and singing, click here for tips for music duos and groups to help you reach that next level together.
Chelsea Lane – This is by far the best performance we’ve seen of you. Your dress looked fantastic. Your eye contact and connection with the audience could be improved, try to be more animated in the eyes. That said song was strong and vocally spot on.
Danielle McGreevy – Vocally one of the best of the day, very impressive and you really made the song your own! You just need to perform more with your body and really commit to the performance. Click here for more on stage performance tips for singers. You aren’t using your body enough to help convey the performance and emotion. Towards your end you lost focus and lost your timing a little as the music dropped out so take care and focus to the end.
Dan Sutton – Very competent but just lacking that defining single to really reel you in. Click here for more on writing that killer song chorus also click here for tips on audience participation when and when not to involve the audience. Great vibe and really good energy.
Ellie Jane – A really solid song and a powerful vocal but it was a struggle to latch onto a vocal hook line click here for more on writing that killer song chorus. Remember you are judged as soon as you come on the stage and saying a few words before your performance can sometimes detract from the overall performance.
Georgia – Your performance is solid but could be more animated click here for more on performing with music keyboards. You are looking down too much and need to look up more to help you express the emotion in the song and engage more with the audience. Perhaps try standing to maybe achieve more movement.
Guinevere Newton – Really enjoyed the whistling solo in the middle, made it very unique to you. Lovely to hear you performing your own songs. Take care with your mic control especially towards the end as you pulled away from the microphone a little too often. Click here for more on microphone technique tips for singers.
Haydyn Biddle – Try to commit more to the exaggerated facial expressions, click here for tips on singing with facial expressions. You would benefit from engaging in more eye contact with the audience to help you to connect with them even more. Good overall musicianship but your guitar playing was slightly out of tune at times. Click here for guitar playing tips.
Hayley J – It was good that you brought in a guitarist to give it a live feel however you felt a little unconnected as performers and a little glance or smile could have achieved this, click here for tips for duos and groups. Song wise, you sung it well but you need to try and give it more originality. Click here for more on performing a creative cover.
Holly Humphreys – You have a booming vocal, bags of character and such passion which you can see in your eyes! We need to get you performing your own songs. Click her for tips on writing lyrics - setting started.
Jazmine Banks – You have a good stage presence just look to vary the expression more to help convey the meaning of the song, click here for more on singing with facial expressions. Just embrace more than the pain in the song. Vocally you have a booming vocal and bags of character in your tone.
Jessie Jamieson – You connected well with the song, with better dynamics you could have really shown the chorus in its best light but you committed too soon and therefore didn’t have the gear to push harder without paying the price of losing control. Click here for some example vocal exercises for singers to help improve your vocal control.
Kliqus – Your song flows and works really well. It’s really catchy and current! Great energy but you could benefit from working more on the performance aspect, you are bending down a little too much, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
Liam Brocklesby – Good song choice but would have been more impressive and revealing If you made it more original to show us more of you as an artist, click here for more on performing a creative cover. Performance wise, you are too static and you need to perform more, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
Megan Kelsey – You have bags of potential and great vocals but, it feels as if you need to perform out more to develop your stage craft. Film yourself performing in practice and observe other artists on YouTube and then link and adapt more moves and expressions that work to convey your music more, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
Michaela – Great song and great dancers but you needed to get more involved in the routine as they visually took over. Good overall vocal performance, just work more on the performance aspect, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
NE Girls – All three of you have great vocals, with good control and projection. You should have dressed up in white, blue and red and brought out American flags and made more of a show. As performers it needed more choreography to make that bit slicker. Click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
Simisola Olashore – You haven’t really challenged yourself enough with this song choice, click here for more on the importance of performing a creative cover. Great vocal tone and control throughout your performance.
Sofi Robinson – You have a great vocal but if you show us your all at the start you have nothing more to show as the song progresses click here for tips and advice on singing dynamics, use dynamics to take the tempo and projection lower to give impact for when fully projecting rather than belting it all the way through the whole song.
Sophie O’Hara – Cute little song, try and exaggerate the expression more throughout your performances, click here for tips on singing with facial expressions and how it can enhance your performance and click here tips on how to achieve better vocal projection to help you keep the interest going throughout.
Sound of Eden – Well constructed song and a good connection between performers. As a song it’s not a good enough song to break you through as an artist but there is enough potential there to indicate you can! Click here for more on writing that killer song chorus. You performed together really well with great harmonies.
Steph Ball – Looked like you were enjoying the performance which is always engaging and good to see, the mash up blended together well and really worked. Click here for more on performing song mashups. With your delivery try and vary the dynamics to give you even more of an edge.
Victoria Bass – Your delivery is fantastic which really separates you and makes you stand out from your peers. When performing with musicians try and connect more as performers, just a glance over at points throughout the performance conveys a connected, united performance. Click here for tips for music duos and groups to help you enhance future performances when performing with musicians.
Feedback For Singers - 21 and Over's
Abi Farrell – Nice flowing song with good dynamics. You connected well with the performers. As a song it could benefit from being a little more hooky to stay in your head, click here for more on writing that killer song chorus.
Austin JR – Brave decision to ask the audience to all stand up, click here for tips on audience participation and when and when not to ask the audience to participate. Song wise, it had a bit too much play back which spoilt it and was a bit too much like DJ Talent.
Cat Ogden – Nicely sung with a lovely, precise tone throughout. However, the song lacked the originality that we were looking for and didn't show us enough of what you could become as an artist. Click here for more on the importance of performing a creative cover.
The Da-Dan’s – You harmonise together really well but try and layer the harmonies more to give real vocal depth to the song. Try and look to add more dynamics to really drive home the hook as it is catchy and the song has lots of potential.
Danni Jackson – You can see where you want to go as an artist, the electro kick drum was cool and made you stand out from your peers. Think even more leftfield with your image and performance click here for more on the importance of act image and synchronisation. It is important when performing with musicians that you show some connection together, even if just a smile or a glance.
Doc Moonshine – You have a very powerful, soulful vocal and your performances always receive a great reaction for the audience. Be careful not to sacrifice vocal control for power, click here for some example vocal exercises for singers to help you work on your vocal control.
Elaine McLaughlin – You’re like a female Steve Lowis who is also a local in Southampton. Good commitment to the song throughout, you would be a really good festival act. You have a lovely tone to your voice and showed great control throughout your performance.
Estelle Morain – A really cool vibe and the song has a really good vibe! You had a sultry delivery and a real strong commitment to the song and performance throughout.
JFL – Good song choice but you need to commit more to the performance! More dynamics in your delivery would have powered through the chorus. Vocally you were a bit too shouty and you probably need to look to work on developing your projection to be able to really climb into the song. Click here for tips on how to achieve better vocal projection.
John Nicholas – Fantastic lyrics, a catchy hook and a terrific vocal with a committed performance great job. Liked that you used the loop pedal right at the end of the song after you’d connected with the audience, click here for some good advice with regards to a guitar loop pedal performance.
Jose Otero – You have a lovely raspy vocal, look to commit even more to the performance it feels like you are holding back and when you do go for it on occasions vocally you are losing control in places, click here for some example vocal exercises for singer to help with your vocal control and click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
Ju Blencowe – I think it’s been said before but you are a fantastic story teller and you are so comfortable on the keys. It would be great if you could do an album relating to a complete story. Complete silence throughout your performance.
Katie Stelfox – You would benefit from filming yourself performing and working on your expressions and performance, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers. Song wise it lacked originality, click here for more performing a creative cover. You have a lovely tone to your voice and had great control throughout.
Kerri Whip – Lots of energy and commitment throughout your performance. You commanded the stage well and brought a lot of life to the stage. You could have considered dancers to enhance your performance more, click here for advice on using back up dancers in your performance.
Luke Buck – Really liked your vibe and your commitment to the song throughout your performance. Song wise, it needs a little more work to stand out and maybe then be a potential single.
Rob King – Crisp vocal, bags of power and a brave vocal choice. Get the mic even closer to your mouth and your projection and power will be even better across to the audience. Can imagine you being in the west End shows.
KOOKIE – Can easily relate to your songs as will a generation of clubbers. Most current artist we’ve seen today. With some development this could be really good! Confident and engaging throughout.
Sophia Maria – Booming vocal and a real wall of sound from the backing vocalist to demonstrate a great use of vocals in harmony! A very confident and solid performance throughout.
Sophie Chandler – You can see you really immerse yourself in the music. You have a depth to your vocal and a charming engaging smile. Performance wise just try and vary it more and give us more dynamics to the performance.
Southern Flava – A slick and well rehearsed performance however it is a little dated and you need a bit more originality, click here for more on the importance ofperforming a creative cover and really making the song your own.
Stacey Phipps – Great styling and a solid performance. You know who you are as an artist and we can as an audience see that too. As a song, not convinced it’s a single that can break an artist through they may take a song with a catchier hook, click here for more on writing that killer song chorus.
Tose – A very heart felt song and performance. You really committed to the performance but remember to keep control even when you are pushing that little bit more, click here for some example vocal exercises for singers to help you work on your vocal control.
Tre Amici – A big wall of sound from these guys! All three of you have immense vocals! Tight and well co-ordinated, Great harmonies and confidence throughout.
Undivided – A lovely folk sound that made for an enjoyable performance. With all your instrumentation it would have been great to hear an original. Having said that you got the crowd going and finished the show giving everyone a smile on their face.
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