FAQs About the Auditions

  • How do I sign up to the Open Mic UK music auditions?
    To enter Open Mic UK's music auditions you have to fill out a simple online application form. Click here to enter the Open Mic UK music auditions. To enter, fill out your act details, contact details and state where you would like to audition.
  • Is there a fee to enter?
    Yes, entering the competition costs just £5 per act, and this covers administration and music audition costs.
  • Why is there a charge for the music auditions?
    The fee covers audition costs such as administration, newsletters, leaflets, prizes, venue hire, traveling costs and staff to run the music audition events. We don’t a have major corporation sponsoring the competition and running a competition as large as Open Mic UK costs a considerable amount of money.
  • How long should I allow for the music auditions?
    We advise that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive. Once you have arrived at the music auditions, you should ideally aim to register in with the Open Mic UK team 30 minutes before your allocated time. In most cases you will audition in your allocated time, but if it is extremely busy this may over-run. The judges’ decision is given on the day of your audition, generally within 30 minutes of auditioning. The whole process should take no more than 2 hours.
  • Where can I enter the music auditions from?
    Registrations for the music auditions are accepted from all over the UK.
  • Is there an age limit for the music auditions?
    No. However if you are under 16 years old you must inform your parent or guardian that you are entering the competition.
  • What kinds of music can enter the music auditions?
    We are open to all genres! Singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres are welcome, so whether you’re into pop, R’n’B, opera or acoustic, anyone can enter. We also welcome duos, groups, choirs and lots more!
  • Can I sing a cover?
    Many acts will sing covers, but entrants are allowed to sing a cover song or their own material. However, if singing a cover please try to be creative and make it your own.
  • Is there a deadline for entries for the music auditions?
    Over 10,000 acts enter our auditions every year so we advise you enter the competition as early as possible. Auditions begin in August each year so we strongly advise you enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • What’s the music audition format?
    After you complete and send your registration form via the website entry page for the music auditions you will be sent an email confirming your audition details, so please ensure this is firmly in your diaries! All acts are auditioned in front of an industry judging panel. Those performing covers may perform a capella or with up to two backing instruments (not supplied), whether played by yourself or backing musicians. Those with original material may use a backing track or up to two instruments (not supplied) to accompany them whether played by themselves or by backing musicians.
  • What is expected of you if you enter the music auditions?
    Open Mic UK provides a platform to help singers develop their act get noticed. You are expected to make the most of this by working hard: get press and publicity to support your participation in the competition, galvanising fans and friends to support you, practicing hard and taking on board feedback where applicable. If you are a singer or act that just wants to turn up and see what happens, then this competition isn’t for you. We are looking for serious acts and singers with talent and a strong work ethic, both of which are essential for being successful in the competitive music industry.
  • How long should my music audition piece be?
    Prepare a song of your choice up to 2 minutes in length and no longer. Remember it’s all about first impressions at auditions, so ensure you pay attention to your image and always put the best of your song in the intro for maximum impact and get the chorus in early! The auditions are closed to the public and will be in front of a professional judging panel. If you are stopped during your audition this simply means the judges have seen enough of the performance to make a decision.
  • Who judges the music auditions?
    Our judging panels are made up of industry experts, media representatives, A&R and celebrities, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses. Click here to view our music industry singing competition judges.
  • Which venues are you using?
    We use the best venues in the UK including in previous years the Birmingham NEC, Camden Dingwalls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sheffield City Hall and within The 02 in London. Click here to see our singing competition venues.
  • What happens if I am successful at the music auditions?
    If you are successful at the auditions you will go on to perform at the live Regional Final showcase. The Regional Final showcase will be in the best venue in your region and you will be performing in front of a live audience and industry judging panel.
  • How many acts get through at the music auditions?
    This amount varies as each music audition has differing number of acts attending. Judges will select the best acts to go through to the showcase final on the day. The genenal rule is – if you’re talented enough to make it, you’ll go through, we NEVER turn away talent.
  • I have applied to enter but haven’t heard back?
    Please allow up to 3 working days to receive a confirmation email and check your junk folder and spam emails before contacting us. If you are still unable to find your confirmation please contact us.
    Enter the Open Mic UK music auditions here.
  • Illness or unforeseen circumstances:
    In the event you are ill or unable to make your audition, but you are able to audition at one of the remaining auditions taking place please advise us by emailing webteam@openmicuk.co.uk. Then, if you are successful and make it to the next round, we will try to place you in your nearest live show.

After the music auditions – The live shows

  • Why do I need to leave a deposit for Regional Final shows?
    Open Mic UK want to ensure that the acts who take part in the competition are as dedicated to their music as we are. The £30 deposit ensures that acts turn up to play for their live show and try their best. Experience has shown that if we do not charge a deposit some singers and acts will drop out on the day of their showcase, leaving us with an empty slot, which could have been given to another act. The deposit also pays for the judges feedback which is provided at each stage throughout the competition.
  • Do I have to sell tickets?
    All acts that make it successfully past the music auditions will be given 25 tickets to sell for their live Regional Final show. Open Mic UK has been designed to help acts progress and help provide a platform for acts to gain as much exposure as possible, which means that they are expected to demonstrate a fan base. Contestants are asked to try their best to sell tickets, and Open Mic UK award prizes to help motivate them, including recording studio time. Click here to view Open Mic UK's prize list for contestants once they've progressed through the music auditions.
  • How much are tickets to the live shows?
    Tickets to Regional Finals are £9 and Area Finals are £10. The show will last approximately 90-120 minutes and will also include a special guest performance, plus all the best singers and acts in your area. Alongside this you will be showcasing your act to music industry singing competition judges, including A&R that work at the three major record labels, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses. Click here to view our music industry singing competition judges.
  • Is there an age restriction on fans coming to watch my show?
    There are no audience age restrictions. Under 18’s may need to be accompanied by an adult. Children under three are free of charge and may share a seat with an adult, proof of age will be required. We would like to advise that the shows are not a suitable environment for any persons under three. All venues are seated and have disabled access.
  • How does the voting system work?
    In order to progress to the next round you must be in the top judges’ scores. Both the audience and judges vote on which acts advance. The judges top scorers will progress alongside the acts with the highest audience votes, provided that they are in the top half of the judges scores. Those acts not in the judges' highest scores will be eliminated before counting the audience vote - this way your fans help to decide too.
  • Is there text voting?
    There is no text voting at the Regional and Area Finals. The only time text voting comes into play is for the Wildcard (which is optional) and Grand Final, where it is simply not practical to collect and count votes in any other way.
  • What is a wildcard?
    If you are unsuccessful at the Regional Finals, there is still an opportunity for one or two acts in each region to progress in the competition, as you will be thrown a wildcard in the form of a public vote. Each act is handed an individual wildcard number and fans can vote for the act of their choice via a text vote. The person with the most votes after the voting period has ended will progress through to the next round of the competition.
  • How many rounds are there?
    After being successful at the music auditions you will play at the Regional Final showcase. If successful there you will make the Area Final and compete for a place to perform at the National Grand Final.
  • What prizes are in store?
    There will be thousands of pounds worth of singing competition prizes up for grabs along the way including recording studio time, free filming and photos of your performance. The overall winner will receive a comprehensive winner’s package with the main prize of recording studio time to record their album and a video of the best single plus extensive media promotion from a professional PR company.
  • Overall Winner
    The overall winner is selected by Future Music Management. The overall winner is selected from any act that achieves a position in the judges' top three scores on the day of the Grand Final from any age category. The management team will look at the overall performances throughout the competition and consider who has the most potential as an act before deciding the overall winner. The overall winner is announced on the Tuesday after the Grand Final.

If your question is not answered above, please feel free to contact us here.