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NEWCASTLE TALENT COMPETITION

Feedback for the singers and songwriters who performed at Newcastle talent competition.

NEWCASTLE TALENT COMPETITION

Newcastle Talent Competition: Singers and songwriters from Newcastle performed to impress music industry judges and a capacity crowd at the Newcastle talent competition. The Open Mic UK Regional Final in Newcastle gave singers and songwriters the chance to gain a place at the Newcastle talent competition’s Area Final.

The music industry judges included:

  • Julie Miles from Vocal Ovation.
  • Helena Davison Webber a professional vocal tutor. 
  • Andrew Gosling from Northern Publications.
  • Gemma Forster from Music Moggle. 
  • Rob Davies a radio presenter from NE1 Radio. 
  • Chelsea Wood from Blast Music Group. 
  • Dan Johnson a lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the band The Waiters who have supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, Nicole Scherzinger, Ella Henderson and more.
  • Andrew Edwards from All FM. 
  • Darran Barker, Head Judge from DB Management

Newcastle Talent Competition: 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.

Newcastle Talent Competition - Under 16’s Feedback

Aley – Love the song, very edgy and really haunting.  You are a great songwriter but you lack stage presence. You need to now put more work into pulling together a standout image and performance. Click here for more information on finding an image as a musician.

Sam Robinson – Very clean solid vocals and a catchy song. You need to bring more energy and dynamics to your performance to really engage the audience. Particularly through eye contact. Perhaps use guitar dynamics to make the hook more powerful, click here for more on guitar playing tips. You also need to develop a unique image, click here for more information on finding an image as a musician.

Ellie Kay – A great powerful vocal,  it was well controlled along with a good use of guitar dynamics. Performance wise, you need to add more energy and really engage your audience, click here for more on audience engagement. A good image and a great song choice, would love to hear some originals from you, click here for more on how to write a song.

Katie Chomse – Well done on your first ever performance! Going forward, you need to work on your image. Click here for more information on finding an image as a musician. Nice interaction with the audience, just relax a little! You have lots of potential however be careful of your timing. Liked the song choice, would like to see you smile a little more, click here for more on audience engagement.

Emily Jopling – You have a sweet original sounding voice. The song has promise but it needs more dynamics and emotion. Click here for more on guitar playing tips. You need to work on your image and that all important first impression you give the audience,  however your performance got much better towards the end. We could hear those nerves to start with, click here for more on dealing with nerves. You have a lot of potential. 

Jodie Elliot – A beautiful vocal accompanied by a great image. Really enjoyed your version of the song. It was a good confident performance, you really used the stage well. Be careful not to rush the words, click here for more on diction for singers

Yazmine Baddoo – A nice tone vocally, however it felt very copycat. You need to really make the song your own so we can hear your unique vocals, click here for more on performing a creative cover. Also be careful with the pronunciation of the lyrics, click here for more on diction for singers. You have a good image and used the stage well. However you need to work on your microphone technique, click here for advice on microphone technique for singers. You have a lot of potential. 

Niamh – Very strong vocals and vocal control along with a nice image. Your diction was great, we could hear every word. A nice original song, now look to develop your audience engagement to really connect with your audience. Click here for more on audience engagement.

Newcastle Talent Competition – Judges’ Feedback  

Angel – You voice has so much potential but the song choice was not right for you. Pick songs that you can have fun with and relate to. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. Maybe pick a slower song as you had a couple of timing issues. Great eye contact with the audience, try perform a little more and be more confident in your ability! Click here for more on stage performance.

Willow Jarvis – A nice image which suited the song. But be careful not to over stylise your voice to be like others in your genre. You need to be true to your own individual voice. It is a nicely written song but now you need to add dynamics into your performance to really engage your audience. Click here for more on singing dynamics.

Alana – You have real vocal potential but you were quite nervous initially. Have confidence in your own ability; click here for more on dealing with nerves. Performance wise, look to use that stage more and really perform to your audience, click here for more on stage performance.

Harry Weatherhead – A very confidence performance, you used the stage well and really interacted with the audience. You have good strong vocals but you struggled with some notes at the top of your range. You need to work on your vocal projection, a good vocal coach well help you with this to make you even better, click here for advice on singing teachers - picking the right teacher

Caitlin Paige – A solid performance, sung with confidence. Vocals were pitchy in places so be careful. Look to work on developing your projection and range to be even better. Click here for more on how to achieve better vocal projection. A nice image, you made good use of that stage. You really put soul into the delivery so well done. 

Olivia Crawford – A very confident stand out performance along with some great vocals. Love that you sang your own arrangement; you had real sass on that stage. You looked like a pop star, click here for more on stage performance.

Courtney Hadwin – A small girl with a big voice! You are a powerhouse behind some big vocals, but try not to push them too much. Look to work on developing your projection and range to be even better with a good vocal coach. Click here for more on how to achieve better vocal projection. A good confident all round performance, you really used that stage. Going forward try and work on your facial expressions to really engage your audience. You need to bring more variation to your expression, click here for more on singing with facial expressions.

Aishlin Murray – A very powerful voice. You have a lovely image, you worked the stage well. It was a well put together performance with mere work on your vocals you could go far. A few vocal lessons would be very beneficial for you, click here for advice on singing teachers - picking the right teacher. Performance wise, you need to smile more and really engage your audience, click here for more on stage performance.

Newcastle Talent Competition – 16-20’s Feedback  

Stephen Armstrong – You have a nice tone to your voice but you need to make sure you warm up more before your performance. Click here for more on how to warm up your vocals. Your performance had attitude but was very shouty so the point of the message was lost. Performance wise, you need to make more eye contact with your audience you looked down at the mic the whole way through. Click here for more on audience engagement.

Olivia Irvin – Another year, another year stronger. A very charismatic performance, you moved comfortably around that stage. Some good confident vocals, now work on your facial expressions to make you even better. Click here for more on singing with facial expressions.

Ellie_Rae – A well thought out performance, didn’t love the song choice but was well delivered. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. Would have liked to have seen more variety of vocal tones and volumes, you need to add dynamics into your performance to really engage your audience. Click here for more on singing dynamics. Really liked your image though.

Danielle Clarke – You played it too safe. You have lovely vocals which could have been showcased more. It felt like more of a duo than a solo act. You were nearly overshadowed by the support. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. But it was a great performance with some great audience interaction. 

Amy Ridley – A great voice accompanied by a great style and confidence. Really enjoyed the arrangement of the song, very different from the original. It was a well delivered professional performance. Click here for more on guitar playing tips

Shannon Leigh – A very lovely voice with a good range. You were very matured and confident in your delivery. However would love to hear you do a more upbeat song, click here for more on the importance of song choice. Try and draw the audience into your performance more by using facial expressions, click here for more on singing with facial expressions. You have a good stage presence, now try and work on your image, Click here for more information on finding an image as a musician.

Danielle Brown - Love the tone of your voice. You have real talent with such strong powerful vocals. It was a great song choice. But performance wise, you seemed a little nervous click here for more on dealing with nerves. You need to work on your facial expressions and audience engagement; this will help you to really connect to your audience. Click here for more on singing with facial expressions and here for more on stage performance.

Daniella McGreevy – You have an amazing tone and vocal control accompanied by a great image, such a fabulous dress. However would have preferred a quieter delivery of this beautiful song. Performance wise, look to really connect to your audience even more through eye contact and facial expressions, click here for more on audience engagement.

Newcastle Talent Competition – 21 and Over Judges’ Feedback  

Sasha Beckinsale – Love the country tone to your vocals. A really confident performance, you used the stage well. A great song choice, it really suited your voice. Maybe try and own the stage more though, click here for more on stage performance. Next time make more of your image and make sure it fits in with your whole act package. Click here for more information on finding an image as a musician.

Bethannie Westgarth – A nice vocal tone accompanied by a good image. You have beautiful gentle vocals, but it would be good to hear a more vocally challenging song from you next time. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. You really used the stage well, it was good performance.

Natalie Hallet – You have a great voice which is very strong in the top range. However you lacked control at times. You need to work on your breathing and vocal projection with a good vocal coach this will help you to develop good vocal control. Click here for more on how to achieve better vocal projection and here for more on breathing exercises for singing. Finally try not to choose such a popular song, would love to hear a less obvious song next time. Click here for more on the importance of song choice.

Karen Stewart – A good song choice sung passionately. You have a lovely voice but it was very cabaret, would like to have heard an upbeat song from you. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. We want to see your personality shine through, would  like to see a looser and wilder performance from you so you really connect with the audience. Click here for more on stage performance.

Alfi – Such nice energy between the two of you. However your song choice and performance was very cabaret. We would advise next time to do a more current and quirky song that shows more individuality. It was too karaoke, we want to hear your unique vocals shine through but it was too copycat. Click here for more on the importance of song choice. Great vocals and stage presence though, but the performance was a little dated. 

Chris Brennan – A nice performance and song but it lacked energy and dynamics vocally. You have a nice tone so use it and change it up to engage your audience. Click here for more on singing dynamics. The song was a little repetitive but you delivered the song well and the guitar playing was very pleasant. A well-written song. 

Newcastle Talent Competition

All singers and songwriters successful from the Newcastle Talent Competition progressed onto the next stage of the competition, the North East England Area Final which will be held at The Dewsbury Town Hall, Dewsbury on Sunday 6th December 2015.

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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