LONDON TALENT CONTEST
Feedback from the London talent contest.
London Talent Contest: Singers and songwriters from London performed to impress music industry judges and a capacity crowd at the London talent contest at Dingwalls in Camden, London at the weekend. The Open Mic UK London talent contest gave singers and songwriters the chance to gain a place at the London and East England Area Final.
The music industry professionals judging the London talent contest were:
- Louis Sellars from Anton Road Studio.
- Kris Mitra from Bright Star Management.
- Candy Ma a professional vocal coach.
- Laurence Hobbs from Charthouse Music, a producer who has previously worked with Pixie Lott, Sam Smith and One Direction.
- Chris Grayston, Director of Future Music.
London Talent Contest: 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.
London Talent Contest – Under 16’s Feedback
Quba – You have lovely clarity to your vocal, look to develop your mic control, click here for more on microphone technique for singers. Also look to use the stage more, take the mic off the stage and work the stage more which you only did right at the end, click here for tips on performing on stage for singers. Make sure you don’t force the vocal too hard as you did towards the end and lost the control. The rap added a little individuality which was great.
Sarah – You backing music didn’t do you many favours it was way too basic and sounded low and flat, click here for the importance of a backing music. You have a lovely vocal and with more dynamics and a better backing track it could really support your vocal. Performance wise look to use the stage more and give us more facial expression, click here for more tips on singing with facial expressions.
Ankita Goswami – You have a lovely tone and nice vocal control, but look to really commit to the high notes. Performing a theatrical number does immediately impact on you being original as you are performing a character rather than yourself. Better dynamics would have given it a more climatic ending which is what it required, click here for more on singing dynamics.
Charlotte – You committed well to the song, but look to vary your tone and projection more throughout the song to give it more depth and dynamics, click here for more on singing dynamics. You have lots of power vocally but look to pull away slightly from the mic when belting out the higher notes, click here for more on microphone technique for singers. Mash up was a good idea and worked well, click here for more on song mashups.
Vanessa Silva-Costa – You committed well to the song and moved well. Try and commit even more to the moves and your expressions, click here for more tips on singing with facial expressions. Loads of potential but you just need to watch your control, click here for more on microphone technique for singers. You are very likeable and looked very happy on stage.
Courtney – You have lovely vocal control, but just take care not to push it too hard at times at the expense of losing your control. Try and commit a bit more to the performance by using more relevant movement to express the song, click here for tips on performing on stage for singers. Also click here for more on performing a creative cover as it could have been a bit more original. Lovely image which looked great on stage.
Milly Austen – Good to see someone pick a song with a big vocal away from the usual Amy Winehouse and Adele type songs click here for the importance of song choices. Start to think about an image to show off your personality in your performance, click here for the importance of act image and synchronisation and how using that as a tool can help your career. Great commitment to the song with plenty of individuality.
Nela K – You have a lovely tone to your vocal but you need to look to develop your keyboard playing so you aren’t always looking at the keys and you can focus more on performing. You aren’t quite accomplished enough to play live and engage with your audience yet, so look to work hard to get it to a level as you have the potential. Click here for more on performing with the music keyboards.
London Talent Contest Feedback
Daisy Jackaman – Liked the swing version of the original Taylor Swift song great shout, you really made it your own. Vocally you have a great vocal with good projection and tone. Going forward look to work the stage more to connect more to the audience. Click here for more tips on performing on stage for singers. You got to the bigger notes well.
Becca – Super tone and a captivating song loads of potential. Perhaps you need to look at developing a more defining hook line for the song to be a single. click here for tips on how to write that killer song chorus. There was plenty of emotion in your performance which came across in the song.
Gaurav Tamang – The song has a lot of potential, some great lines and a strong, catchy melody but you need to perform out more to be able to build a performance. Film yourself each time you perform, analyse and work on a routine as the song gives you the opportunity for lots of movement to really command that stage, click here for tips on performing on stage for singers.
Jem Nash - Very good, clean guitar playing which sounded great. Good vocals, but try and look to start writing and beginning to perform your own original songs at your earliest. Click here for more on tips on how to write songs. Also click here for guitar playing tips.
Jacklyn Pandolfo – Super vocal, just look to commit to the performance more. Click here for more tips on performing on stage for singers. Also look to make the song more your own click here for more on performing a creative cover. A very effortless performance with plenty of stage presence.
Kirsty Smith – Needed to project more and add more dynamics. Great lyrics to an orginal song. You had an individual stamp on your performance. A great all round performance.
Honey Kettle – Good hook to the song, just work the dynamics more to drive through even more, ease up on the projection before and push through on the delivery of the vocal hook. Click here for more on singing dynamics. Vocally you have a lovely tone, look to work on developing your projection and range. Cool stage name which all adds to your image and brand.
Morgan - Powerful vocal with good technique, delivery and a great range. Excellent projection, stage presence and good audience interaction. A very good performance all round which you performed passionately. Try to focus on matching your image to your vocal style, click here for more on the importance of act image and synchronisation.
Niamh O’Brien – You have a lovely tone to your vocal but you needed to bring more colour to the performance, click here for more on singing dynamics. Vocally look to develop your range and projection to be even better which a good vocal coach will be able to assist you with, click here for more on the importance of singing lessons.
Becky Wynne – You built the song up really nicely, some great lyrics but what was the vocal hook, click here for more on tips how to write that killer song chorus. Better dynamics could help drive through the chorus. Click here for when and when not to ask for audience participation.
RIL – The song flowed well, but just focus on a strong original hook line to strengthen it further, click here for more on tips how to write that killer song chorus. It was great that you got the audience involved however asking the audience to repeat the lyrics was a bit dated, try and be more original than that. Click here for when and when not to ask for audience participation.
London Talent Contest – 21 and Over Feedback
Bullet Thorn – Great image and stage presence. You have very bold and strong vocals. Musically there was a lot going on and it just sounded crowded. The instrumentals were just a little too overpowering at times, try and give each part space to breathe.
Pavel & Aerosnop - Sounded really funky and your vocal style was very distinctive, however your diction wasn’t very clear, so it was hard for us to understand the message of the song, click here for more on diction for singers. Musicianship and vocal scats were excellent, but as performers try and connect to each other with just a look over and a glance to show your enjoyment.
Chantal O’Brien – Good vocal but try to commit more to the performance click here for tips on performing on stage for singers. You sang the song well but didn’t really offer us anything new from the original, look to make the song more your own click here for more on performing a creative cover.
Nadia Marisa – You brought the venue to a silence so that you could hear a pin drop. Good, solid vocal delivery with some exceptional piano playing. Loved the lyrics and the message in the song. Vocally watch your mic control as you are losing projection, click here for more on microphone technique for singers
Angel Faye – You picked a tough song to sing and you did it justice, but it is difficult to put your own spin on it, click here for the importance of song choices. As it’s such a big number you really need to climb into those big notes and take them to a different level however at times you are pushing your vocal and losing control. Great stage presence and plenty of potential.
Kcee – Good shout performing this song acoustically to make it your own, click here for more on performing a creative cover. Performance wise, try and climb more into the high notes and commit even more to where it requires you to belt the vocal out. Just take care on your diction on certain words when losing a little breath, make sure you give attention to every note and word with the same dedication, click here for more on diction for singers.
Nix Nugent – Great audience participation and excellent use of the stage, but try not to rely so much on the audience participation, click here for more on audience participation. Strong and consistent vocal with a great range. The song shows off your vocal well but the song needs a little more work on to have more of a hook that really sticks in our heads.
Kookie – Great use of the stage and audience participation. Solid vocals and brilliant delivery, you have so much confidence on stage! The song is a good one and you performed it originally to back it up. You brought you’re A game and the whole audience were dancing along. Such a contemporary song! Spot on, well done!
Phil Crocker – You have great musicianship which brings individuality, but unfortunately there was too much going on and vocal it wasn’t as strong as it could have been. You recorded the feedback from the mic on the loop pedal which was a shame. We could see what you were trying to achieve but you just over complicated it a bit too much. Click here for more on tips on a guitar loop pedal performance.
Dyalla – Stylish look and great stage presence. You have strong vocals, but you needed to change the tone and projection in your vocal to keep the interest throughout and add more warmth to the performance, click here for more on singing dynamics as this will assist you to be even better. Second song suited you vocally much better.
Luke Buck – Good dynamic performance which you lifted to a different level when you took the mic off the stand. Look to work on the start to give us a better first impression and make us stand up to attention from the beginning. You conveyed the emotion of the song well and bought a lot of energy to the performance. Nice work on the guitar too.
Daniel Conway – Strong vocals and powerful delivery full of emotion and feeling. You made the song your own but it was a bit of a karaoke song choice to pick. You committed well to the song but it bordered on over cooking the performance a little, try and work on your dynamics to rein it in at times and let it loose on others, click here for more on singing dynamics.
Sarah Coloso – Strong vocals with a great range. You delivered the emotion in your performance well and the song was good, however it did feel a bit dated so try and make it a bit more contempory to fit into today's market.
London Talent Contest
All singers and songwriters successful from the Camden Regional Final progressed onto the next stage of the competition, the London and East England Area Final which will be held at The Beck Theatre in Hayes, London on Sunday 22nd November.
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.
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