NORTH EAST ENGLAND SINGING CONTEST
North East England Singing Contest feedback for the Open Mic UK North East England 16-20 Area Finals!
North East England singing contest: National singing 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 singing 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 Singing Contest – Feedback for Open Mic UK 2014 16-20’s Category
Check out the Under 16’s North East England’s singing contest feedback here, and check out the 21 and Over North East England’s singing contest feedback here.
North East England’s singing 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.
Livy Neale – Don't think you fully warmed up your vocals before you performed, click here for the importance of warming up, as it sounded a little thin vocally until you got in to the song. Your tone is lovely but quite often lose that control, how good could you be if you tightened up your work? Practise hard as you have lots of potential.
Elle Sunderland – Loved how you controlled your vocal to wrap around the notes like ivy. The song really suited your vocal. Performance wise look back at the footage, the use of the stage and your posture in particular. Click here for advice on stage performance. Try and put more emotion in to the song.
Olivia Lawson – You’re unique with a great image. Liked you made the song your own and your quirky style of singing, but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It feels like it needs a change up to really finish the song on a dynamic high and keep the interest throughout as it began to loop. Click here for more on vocal dynamics.
Reed – It was good you made the cover your own but it would have been good to hear an original song. Get writing! You play well and have a unique vocal click here for tips on songwriting. Look to use your eye contact to work the audience, click here for tips on engaging the audience.
Isabel Ramirez – Good dynamic and nice backing on the guitars. Song choice however is vital, especially with such a big number, it’s not to be taken lightly as it’s always going to be difficult to get it anywhere as good as the original. We would also have heard the song a number of times, click here for the importance of song choice.
Mark Howard – Remember to perform from the start, click here for more advice on performing in instrumental sections. Also, click here for tips on making a creative cover song. Vocally you have a lovely voice with a simmering power, and killer tone. Good connection to the song just look to connect more with us and the audience by showing more emotion in your expression and body movements, click here for more on facial expression. Believe in yourself more!
Laura Cowley – You have a unique style. Apart from the guitar backing, it felt like an impression of Florence, click here for tips on making a song your own. The song choice was brave as Florence has a big engine and to try and compete with that vocal is ambitious, click here for the importance of song choice. You have a nice vocal, but still need a bit of work.
Joe Broomhead – You have plenty of vocal ability, however you need to find your own voice and style. Doing Ed Sheeran is too cliché and the equivalent of a female singing Adele or Jessie J, click here for the importance of song choice and click here for tips on making a song your own. Try and relax more from the start. It was great to see you pick up the mic.
Ash & Connor – Finally some harmonies! Slightly odd stage set up singing in the guitarist shadow, though. Performance comes alive when you both sing and it works, nice on the ear, click here for advice on stage performance. You work well together.
George Harris – Not much engagement , which you need to bring into the performance. Look to be much more animated, move your body and use emotion in the face, click here for more on facial expression. Song has potential but look at working the dynamics to give greater emphasis to the chorus, click here for more tips on getting that killer chorus.
Danielle McGreevy – Remember to perform from the start, click here for more advice on performing in instrumental sections. Liked you took the mic off the stand and worked the stage even though a slow ballad. Lovely tone to your vocal, click here for tips on making a song your own. Great image and great vocal control.
Samuel P – Liked the change up in the song but it was a sluggish start. Liked you made the songs your own although would have been nice to have picked a non Ed Sheeran song, click here for tips on songwriting.
Hannah Cooke – Great you did an original but it lacked dynamics and a hook to latch on to, look to add these ingredients into the songwriting. Click here for more on vocal dynamics and click here for more tips on getting that killer chorus. Try and show off your vocals more. You need to perform more, use the stage, click here for advice on stage performance.
North East England Singing Contest – Feedback
Sophie Leigh – Strong voice. Liked the broken down remix which gave you the space to really climb into the vocal. Look to work that stage more and really commit to that performance emotionally. Use every tool at your disposal, body movements and facial expressions in particular, click here for more on facial expression.
Vision – Good work on the facial expression, look to layer and climb those vocals to greater heights. Good connection between performers, and killer harmonies.
Megan Ditchin – Nicely played but it was a bit sleepy and you needed to give it subtle changes in dynamics, click here for more on vocal dynamics. You have a good voice but there are so many girls with your style, try to find something that makes you more unique.
Georgia Bray – Nicely sung for what is the most over covered song, click here for the importance of song choice. Liked you performed the cover but it all felt rather dated, your moves and gestures are very cliché, find out what the lyrics mean and find a way to connect with them so you look more natural and genuine.
Jodie Fitzgibbon – What a chorus! Good delivery of the song, but try and work the emotion of the song more in your face, click here for more on facial expression, especially where we can only see your face due to the high stage and keyboard.
Emma McDonald – The original song is really lively and full of life, but if you were going to do a broken down slower version you needed to substitute that for powerful emotion. When the change up came where was the dancers and your performance? Click here for advice on stage performance. The ending was very abrupt.
Connor & Nathen – Kind of worked, but would have worked better if you engaged with each other, click here for advice on stage performance and interchanged backing a little more. Beatboxing was better than the rapping. Work on your image as a duo. Great concept though.
Sleeping Secrets – Try and bring it together more as a collective performance, engage with each other and perform more as one, otherwise may as well not have the second guitarist, click here for more on audience participation. Chorus needs more of a hook, then you just might have a hit, click here for more tips on getting that killer chorus.
Lucy Milburn – You need to Listen, save Beyonce for karaoke, it’s such an iconic song to select and also difficult to put your own spin on it! Click here for tips on making a creative cover song. You have a nice voice, but you need to work on your lower range, click here for tips on how to find your vocal range. You performed but don’t be frightened to commit even more to the performance, click here for advice on stage performance.
Danny Smart – You have good potential but look to work the dynamics of the song more, let it breathe more and give the chorus more emphasis, click here for more on vocal dynamics. Also, click here for more tips on getting that killer chorus. Good energy and genuine vocal. Your image could be better, try and look like a star and less like a pub singer.
Amber Wilson – Before you started to sing we thought the song choice wasn’t great, click here for the importance of song choice. You could have given it much more vocal depth with doing some vocal runs to give it a real full feel, you also needed to raise the bar and do a change up to the song to take the song beyond what Nicole extracted from it. That said you have a lot of ability and potential and you have a gorgeous tone.
Jess & Rob – Very folky and amazing grassroots ability, you got the audience going. Work on acting the emotion in your faces to convey the story of the song, click here for more on facial expression.
Lucy Smith – So much fun. Great voice and great delivery! Try and engage more with each other as performers, click here for advice on stage performance.
North East England Singing 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!
Alternatively, if you’re aged 19 and under, enter national singing competition TeenStar now!
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