The Best Singing Audition

Watch the top 10 performances.

The best singing auditions: Open Mic UK lists the Top 10 best singing audition performances from previous Future Music contestants.

Birdy

Here is Birdy’s winning Open Mic UK performance. Chris Grayston, who first discovered the young talent said, “When we first saw Birdy it was obvious that she had a rare talent! For someone so young she had maturity beyond her years and I’m delighted that we were able to give her help to take the first steps towards what I’m sure will be a fantastically successful career.”

Lauren Platt

Watch Lauren Platt’s Area Final Open Mic UK performance from 2012 where she sang “One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson. You may recognise Lauren Platt from The X Factor 2014, where she reached the Semi Finals of the live shows.

James Graham

James Graham from Stereo Kicks, who were put together in The X Factor in 2014 took part in Open Mic UK in 2011. Watch his Regional Final performance where James performs “This Is The Moment” from the musical Jekyll And Hyde.

Director of Future Music Chris Grayston said about this performance, “Would have liked to have seen James embrace a character or image to reflect the song. Careful of the vibrato, best to sing it straight.”

Giles Potter

“Giles Potter is always a brilliant entertainer. He has the stage performance sorted now he needs to work on refining the voice.” Ben Price previous A&R Manager and Radio Presenter.

BBC Radio Presenter Annie Nightingale said, “Great precision.”

Giles Potter reached the Open Mic UK Grand Final in 2012 where he performed Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You.” He also reached the Grand Final of TeenStar in 2013 and then went on to perform in the live shows of The X Factor.

Alejandro Fernandez-Holt

Here is Alejandro Fernandez-Holt’s Open Mic UK Area Final footage from 2011 where he performed “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias. Alejandro went on to perform the same song in The X Factor in 2013, where he just missed out on reaching Judges Houses.

BBC Radio Presenter Annie Nightingale said, “He reminds me of Brett Anderson from Suede.”

Emily Middlemas

“Emily has come a long way in the last 5 years to be a very classy performer. Her original song is very strong and well written. Loved the use of the keyboard too.” Director of Future Music Chris Grayston.

Emily Middlemas has entered Future Music competitions since she was 13 years old. She has taken part in Open Mic UK many times and was crowned TeenStar Champion in 2014. After her success in TeenStar, Emily went on to take part in The X Factor 2014 where she wowed the judges, especially her mentor Cheryl Cole and reached the live shows of the competition.

Olivia Lawson

Industry judges’ feedback on Olivia Lawson’s Open Mic UK Area Final footage, “Great vocal tone and technique. Haunting vocal and great image, there is definitely something here for the future. Cover choice of Lana del Ray was perfect!”

Olivia Lawson took part in Open Mic UK in 2013. She has recently made it through the blind auditions of The Voice 2015. We look forward to seeing how she does in the competition.

Luke Friend

Here is Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance. His original song blew the industry judges away and he was crowned the first ever TeenStar Champion at the National Grand Final within The O2 in 2013.

After his success in TeenStar, Luke went on to take part in The X Factor 2013, where he sailed through the singing auditions and live shows taking the title of runner up position.

Michael Rice

Here is Michael Rice’s TeenStar Grand Final footage from 2013 where he performed “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce. After Michael’s success in TeenStar he went on to take part in The X Factor and reached Boot Camp.

Sheena McHugh

Sheena McHugh took part in Open Mic UK in 2011 where she reached the National Grand Final. Sheena has recently made it through the blind auditions of The Voice 2015, where she chose Will.i.am to be her mentor after all 4 judges turned around to fight for her.  We look forward to seeing how she does in the competition.

BBC Radio Presenter Annie Nightingale said, “A seriously good singing style but she needs to sing with her whole body and soul.”

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