How Old do You Have to be to go on The Voice

Read below for advice on how old do you have to be to go on the voice

Singing competitions can be nerve-wrecking for any singer, never mind for young in-experienced performers, so if you are thinking about entering a singing competition like The Voice, check out the advice below from Open Mic UK on entering singing competitions including the age limitation they have, starting off with how old you have to be to go on The Voice:

Applications for the The Voice 2019 are now open and according to ITV, all singers have to be aged 16 or over to apply for The Voice UK before Monday 1st October 2018. However, some venues for the open auditions require singers to be 18 years or over.


How old do you have to be to go 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.

How old do you have to be to go on X Factor?

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


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 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.


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