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North East England Music Contest feedback for the Open Mic UK North East England Under 16’s Area Finals! 

NORTH EAST ENGLAND MUSIC CONTEST

North East England music contest: National music contest Open Mic UK held its Area Finals at Dewsbury Town Hall this weekend and saw North East England’s best singers, songwriters and solo artists take to the stage in their bids to impress a music industry judging panel and capacity crowd.

The Area Finals were judged by music industry specialists who have provided music contest feedback for each of the acts that performed. The people the North East England music contest area finalists wanted to impress were Kate Holland from Pro Voice Studios, Phil from Steel City Studio, Asher Halle from Green Pepper Junction Records and a previous Brit panel judge, X-Factor star Geoff Mull and Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston.

North East England’s Area Finals were rounded off by our guest act, X Factor star, Geoff Mull.

North East England Music Contest – Feedback for Open Mic UK 2014 Under 16’s Category

Check out the 16-20 North East England’s music contest feedback here, and check out the 21 and Over North East England’s music contest feedback here.

North East England’s music contest: Find 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 Open Mic UK, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts. Please take the feedback on board with a view to helping in the future.

Shanais – Nice song choice, you just need to work on your mic control as your projection wasn’t consistent throughout the performance, click here for more tips on mic control. You seemed quite nervous which affected your vocals. Working with a good vocal coach will help you learn how to sing under pressure and help develop your projection and extend your vocal range to be even better. Look to work that stage more too, click here for tips on using the stage.

Katie Boswell – We can see you have the ability, but it was a very nervy performance which unfortunately came across in the vocals. More performances will build up your confidence. Working with a good vocal coach will also help to strengthen your vocal to be even better. Click here for the importance of song choice, the song you choose is really popular and doing a big popular number isn’t always the best idea as you’ll always get compared to the original artist.

Lia Veall – Nice idea to perform with the keys to give a live feel. Not the best choice to perform an Adele number as it’s always going to be difficult to get it anywhere as good as Adele and also it’s such a popular song choice, we’ve heard it so many times. Try and be more original with your song choice and with your own style of vocal, click here for the importance of song choice. You have lots of potential but try not to force your vocal and lose the control.

Becky Barrett – Crisp and mature sounding vocal, going forward try and bring in more performance click here for tips on using the stage. Would look to use your body more and facial expressions to convey the emotion of the song, click here for more on facial expression.

Kasey – Picking a Beyonce number should never be taken lightly as it’s always going to be difficult to get it anywhere as good as Beyonce and also being such a popular song choice, we have heard the song a number of times. Try and be more original with your song choice, click here for the importance of song choice. You did a good job, but it was at times a bit too big for you to be able to put your own stamp on the song, your voice just needs a little more development. Click here for tips on making a cover your own.

Lia White – You have a lovely tone and you expressed the song well, lots of potential here. The song also has potential as you worked the dynamics nicely to give emphasis on the hook of the song. Click here for more on vocal dynamics. Keep writing, you clearly have a talent for songwriting and the more you write, the better each song will be!

Emily – Good connection with the song and well performed. Only criticism to a fantastic vocal performance is that it is a very popular song choice which we hear quite a lot and it’s difficult to put your own originality on it so click here for the importance of song choice, but well done!

Shayla Motley – Vocally you were good, just try and commit more to the performance to really convey the emotion of the song. Click here for tips on using the stage and click here for more on facial expression. Take care not to force the vocal too hard and lose control too.

Chanel Yates – Your song choice was a good one, but the guitar work could have driven the song more as it would have been better to lift the chorus in particular. More dynamics would have made your performance even more enjoyable.

Sparkle – Good harmonies girls and a well worked performance! Perhaps look to commit more to performing, the transition between songs wasn’t so good, would have just stuck to the one song and nailed it, but well done, a very enjoyable performance!

Yazmine Baddoo – Such a cool name, there’s no need for a stage name with it being so different. You performed the song well and with more performances it will become even more natural. Vocally just watch your timing so you slide off the notes more. Try and engage more with the audience more too, click here for tips on engaging the audience.

Amy Darton – Super lovely tone and elegant playing on the keys. Nice original version of the song and you expressed good facial expressions to convey the emotion of the song, well done.

Caitlin Woodcock - Such an iconic song to select which was different song choice to pick, but it’s a hard one to put your own spin on! Click here for tips on making a cover your own. You performed well, but don’t be frightened to commit even more to the performance, click here for tips on using the stage.

North East England Music Contest – Feedback

Kimberley Badkin – There are glimpses of some real talent here, but it’s a little patchy. You need to start to work hard to be consistent throughout the performance. Click here for more advice on performing in instrumental sections. A good vocal coach will be able to assist you with your projection and tuning to be even better.

Kyle Brady – When expressing the song try and pick the right emotion for the message of the song, you need to get that on point and really commit to the performance to move to the next level, click here for more on facial expression. Watching back footage of yourself will assist you in getting better with this. Try and let loose more in your performance too, to add more energy. 

Ella Brown – Keep developing on these lines and you will end up a star as you are doing all the right things. Going forward look at trying to make the song your own and more original, click here for tips on making a cover your own. You worked the stage well and overall it was a very good performance.

Samantha Jayne – Fantastic dynamics, tone and delivery to really connect us to the song. You have amazing stage presence and you really made us listen to every word you sang. A pretty special performance, well done!

Laura Kinderlan – Great to see you writing your own songs! The song has potential but it would benefit from stronger dynamics to emphasis the chorus, click here for more tips on getting that killer chorus. Keep writing though as you’ll only get better and better the more you write.

Maria – Remember to perform from the moment you go on stage and through the instrumental parts, click here for more advice on performing in instrumental sections. Try and engage more with the audience in your performance and click here for tips on making a cover your own. Vocally you have a lovely voice, you do however do a small yelp when catching your breathe which is quite unique, but a good vocal coach will help iron that out.

Harriet – Nice idea to start kneeling but this stage is quite high and it can be difficult for the front rows to see you if you are at the back of the stage. Vocally you are great, but you aren’t giving any expression in your performance, click here for more on facial expression. When you went to step up with the vocal towards the end you would have benefitted from a bigger vocal, so look to work with a good vocal coach to strengthen your foundation. Try and relax, because you are a good singer.

Eden Cowan – You have a great vocal and the delivery is good. Really like the arrangement, but look to rework the dynamics slightly to keep the interest going throughout the whole performance to the end, click here for more on vocal dynamics.

Becky Holmes – Lovely song to select but it’s a massive song that you need to stamp your authority and personality on, so look to fully commit to the performance more. Click here for more advice on performing in instrumental sections.

Ellie Rae – You can sing really well but, you need to use your eyes and facial expressions to connect with the audience more, click here for more on facial expression. Also click here for advice on stage performance as it was a bit limited and with more performance and practice you will be on a different level.

Olivia Irvin – Brave song choice as Jessie J has a booming vocal, but you did a good! Try and be a bit more original with your song choice though to stand out more, as we do hear that song a lot. Click here for the importance of song choice. Nice image, but working with a good vocal coach would help you develop your range to be even stronger.

Jenny Willett – Lots of potential here! Great voice and good energy. Nice original song, but just be careful with your facial expressions as sometimes what you are doing facially looks painful when you need to convey the lighter shades of emotions of the song. Click here for more on facial expression.

Jenna Darrell – A Leona Lewis number is always hard to compete with as it’s difficult to get it anywhere near as good as her and also we have heard this song a lot, so it would have been nice to hear something a bit more original. Click here for the importance of song choice. You did do a good job though, so well done, click here for tips on making a cover your own.

Louise Richards – You have a smooth sounding vocal but it is a very brave move to sing so much acappella. However when the backing track kicked in it screamed for a performance, which it didn’t quite happen. The Jackson 5 give so much energy in to their performance, so don’t be afraid to really go for it.  Click here for tips on using the stage.

Nicole Mitchinson – Song choice is vital especially with such a big number, it should never be taken lightly as it’s always going to be difficult to get it anywhere as good the original artist. Click here for the importance of song choice. You did a good job, but at times it was a bit too big for you for you to be able to put your stamp on the song. Click here for tips on making a cover your own.

Holly Fallon – Lovely tone to your vocal. So sassy and loved the little licks! To improve look to use your eyes and facial expressions more in your performance, click here for more on facial expression. The performers on stage also need to try and engage more together. The guitar work was good, but you would have benefitted from greater dynamics.

Will Silver – Solid vocal performance, with a lovely tone and nice falsetto in the bridge. Don’t be afraid to give even more to the performance though to make yourself really stand out. Click here for tips on using the stage and click here for more on audience participation.

Chelsea Jade – Your tone and delivery is very similar to Ellie Goulding making it difficult to see your originality as an artist. Try and show us who Chelsea is as a performer rather than imitating an established artist. You sang the song nicely and commanded the stage really well, so well done, you just need to bring your personality out within the performance more.

North East England Music Contest – Open Mic UK

All successful acts from the Open Mic UK Area Finals will be performing at the Open Mic UK 2014 Open Mic UK Grand Final on Saturday 24th January at Concourse suites 1 & 2, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham B40 1NT.

Come along to see the best unsigned talent in Birmingham and its surrounding areas!

Don’t miss out showcasing your talent to music industry judges. You can enter Open Mic UK now!

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