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2018 Open Mic UK Winners

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Judges’ Top Scores and Prize Winners Announced

Open Mic UK 2018 Prize Winners: The Open Mic UK 2018 Grand Final judges’ top scores and prize winners have been revealed!

The Open Mic UK 2018 Grand Final returned to indigo at The O2 on Sunday 20th January 2019, and gave acts the chance to perform in front of a massive crowd and music industry judging panel.

Open Mic UK 2018 Panel of Judges

The Open Mic UK 2018 Grand Final judging panel across the day included;

  • CeCe Sammy – Celebrity vocal coach and TV judge who has worked with many top names, including Will Young, Leona Lewis, and The Spice Girls.
  • James Ellet – Artist Manager and A&R Manager at Modest! Management, the team behind One Direction, Little Mix, Olly Murs is a regular Judge at Open Mic UK.
  • Leon Haynes – A&R Manager at Polydor Records, whose artists have included Girls Aloud, The Saturdays, Take That and Ellie Goulding.
  • Barney Addison – Head of talent at Syco Music, the record label founded by Simon Cowell.
  • James Sinclair – A&R Manager at Atlantic Records, who’s worked on albums with Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit and Marina.
  • Laurence Hobbs – Producer and songwriter signed to Notting Hill and 23rd Precinct Music, who’s worked with many acts including Sam Smith and Pixie Lott.
  • Jayne Collins – Artist Manager and founder of the very successful pop groups, including The Wanted and The Saturdays.
  • Chris Grayston – Music consultant for Sony, Thames TV, The Voice.

Open Mic UK 2018 Grand Final – Judges’ Top Scores

Under 16’s Top 5 Judges’ Scores:

1st – Rhys & Verity

2nd – Abigail Pearce

3rd – Rosie Hollins

4th – Charlotte Grace

Joint 5th – Girl Talk & Lilly Hobbs

16-20’s Top 5 Judges’ Scores:

1st – ALIA LARA – Follow ALIA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

2nd – Ty Lewis

3rd – Daisy Brunskill

Joint 4th – Georgia Clark & Gospel X

5th – Lyd Read

21 and Over Top 5 Judges’ Scores:

1st – Reuel Elijah – Follow Reuel on Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud

2nd – Laszlo Gallo

3rd – Viva La Vamp

4th – Mitchell Chambers

Joint 5th – Jemima & Jordan Olukanmi

Future Music Songwriting Competition Winners

Winner – Average Joseph

Runner up – Melina Blanco

Great Lake USA Competition Winner

The 21 and over First Place Winner Reuel Elijah also received a trip for two to The Great Lakes, courtesy of our partners Great Lakes USA.

Open Mic UK 2018 Showcase Winners

The following acts were selected as Showcase Winners at the Open Mic UK Grand Final, and will have a special showcase meeting with Future Music to discuss further development for their music careers.

  • Caitlin Booth
  • Maicie Rayner
  • Phoebe Htike
  • Natalia Swan
  • Lilly Hobbs
  • Lyd Read
  • Dia Day
  • Jessica Nash
  • Andrea Victoria
  • Jemima
  • Elz
  • Carley Varley
  • Bianca Ryan

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