How Old Do You Have to Be to Audition for The Voice?

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Many young singers will be wondering how old they need to be to go on The Voice UK and if they fit in the age limit. We are here to help clarify the maximum age range for The Voice and also explain other options if you’re too young.

Applications to get on The Voice 2020 are now open and according to ITV, all singers need to be 16 years old or older before Monday 1st October 2019 to audition for The Voice UK 2020. This means you need to be born in September 2003 or earlier. 

If you are thinking about entering a singing competition like The Voice, check out our advice below about getting on to singing competitions and what you can do if you’re below the age limit.

How to get on The Voice

#1 Get on The Voice Open Mic nights

The Voice run open mic nights across the country several months before the application dates close. This means you’ve got a chance to get a step on the competition and make an early impression. Find out where they are hosting them and although some are first come first serve, most will require you to book beforehand.

#2 Have a strong singing voice

As the name suggests, The Voice will judge you completely on how your voice sounds. Therefore, you need to make sure you’ve heard what you sound like recorded and have experience performing in front of others. Unlike the X Factor, which will allow people who can’t sing for entertainment value, you can only get on The Voice if you can sing.

#3 Make sure you are eligible

Other than the age limit, there are more eligibility factors that you need to consider. The main issue would be if you are signed to a record label or publisher already but you also need to make sure you have a right to live and work in the UK. However, this doesn’t mean you need to be born here or even be a citizen.

#4 Submit an online application

Get online and visit The Voice ITV website. Here you will find all sorts of information about The Voice but you should be able to quickly find the application for next year. Go through to the application portal and get registered. Make sure that you have a good read of the terms and conditions before you apply.

#5 Prepare for the auditions

Once you’ve applied, you need to make sure that you’re ready to nail your audition. Think about what song you are going to sing and practice it a capella. Your voice needs to shine through so make sure it is in your vocal range but is still technically challenging enough to impress the judges.

The Voice age limit

As mentioned earlier, you have to be born in September 2003 or earlier to get on The Voice. This means the age limit is 16 years old for when the auditions take place. Also, for those under 18, then the application form has to be submitted by an adult. Don’t worry if you are under 16 because there are other options out there.

The Voice Kids is aimed at younger singers. The age limit for this is 7 to 14 so most people who aren’t eligible for the grown-up version should be able to get on to this. However, this still leaves a gap between the two competitions.

Get on to other singing competitions

If you are in this gap or simply want more experience before going on to a nationally televised show, then a different singing competition may be for you.

The best way to gain experience is to perform as much as possible in local gigs or to enter other national singing competitions such as Open Mic UK or TeenStar first.

Singing competitions – Open Mic UK and TeenStar

Open Mic UK

Open Mic UK is a national singing competition open to all ages and all genres of music. With auditions taking place across the UK, there is always a local audition region for you to take part in.

Open Mic UK gives singers and singer-songwriters the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the music industry including; performing live on stage in front of an audience and improving and developing their act.

The competition gives acts the chance to get noticed in the music industry by an industry professional. There are also industry judges from all aspects of the music industry judging the performers at every stage of the competition.


TeenStar is a similar singing competition to Open Mic UK however it is specifically for young singers. The competition is open to teens and pre-teens under the age of 19 years old.

Therefore if you are a young singer TeenStar would be the perfect opportunity to gain important competition experience to develop yourself and build confidence before deciding to go onto The Voice.

Previous singing competition contestants on The Voice

There are many benefits for young artists to enter singing competitions, such as;

  • Building confidence
  • Gaining experience
  • Developing vocal range and act
  • Getting exposure

If you are a young singer, before you decide to go straight onto a televised singing competition such as The Voice or The X Factor, it is best to gain as much experience as possible to develop your act first.

There have been many previous Open Mic UK and TeenStar contestants that have developed through the competitions and have gone on to further success in The Voice, The Voice Kids or The X Factor such as:

  • Luke Friend
  • Lauren Platt
  • Giles Potter
  • Emily Middlemas
  • Courtney Hadwin
  • Olivia Lawson

Thinking about entering The Voice UK? Find out how to apply here.