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Judges Feedback From The Hayes Live Show, Over 25′s Category

October 12, 2010

This weekend the judges were in Hayes! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK this year and some of the best unsigned acts in the country took to the stage at the Beck Theatre on 10.10.10 Here the judges give us some feedback from the event, but remember, it could all change at the Area Finals!

Please note: views expressed by Judges are opinions and in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK.

Judges at Hayes included singer songwriter Karen Corson, Rob Palmer from Vocal Tutor, Kiki Militsis from ICMP, Vivace Music Company Anita McDonald and Future Music’s Chris Grayston.

Over 25′s;

Adrian Gray; Chris; Strong vocal really worked with the guitar support to the original Kiki; charismatic performance

Wilfred Lovely; Chris; interesting cover but didn’t make it different enough Anita; powerful performance and looked like you were enjoying yourself Karen; good image but needs vocal training

Daniella Maria; Karen; good performance but wrong song choice Chris; Good choice of cover but the backing was a little stale so the track had little movement this continued with the original which would have been bettered with stronger dynamics.

Adam Baine; Anita; versatile and instant raport with the audience Karen; very original Chris; Very talented chap playing both guitar and keys equally well. Nice change down of the cover.

Adam Fox; Kiki; brilliant vocals and great control Anita; very original a proper musician! Karen; good audience interaction

Campbell John Quinn; Chris; remember to engage a lot of the performance was performed with his eyes closed Anita; great to see another live musician in this category

Daina Ashmore; Chris; Strong vocal with a cracking original Kiki; original much better than the cover Anita; vary dynamics more in future

Daniela Vallejo; Karen; lively entertaining song choice Anita; a very unusual performance Chris; made the cover her own and got the audience involved in a confident well delivered performance.

David Culshaw; Chris; Didn’t think the original had enough to it and generally lack of eye contact. Kiki; can see he was very into the performance but constant closing of the eyes took away the interaction with the audience

Fidel; Anita; please open eyes more to interact Chris; having seen Fidel a few times now, the cover was weak for his standards. Failed to get going for me needed an adrenaline injection.

Geoff Cotton; Karen; good audience interaction Chris; No performance completely motionless for the original? But got the audience all singing and clapping the cover all good fun Kiki; master of the crowd

Jacques Houdek; Chris; Boy this guy made the song sing! Lovely voice well chosen song this guy should sail through!

Kelly Cavuoto; Anita; good stage presence but maybe move a bit more Karen; song seemed to drag on and on Chris; would have been nice to see Kelly play around with the vocals of the song a little seemed to repeat the chorus a lot

Michael Lee; Karen; switched songs over smoothly and in key Anita; Anita; modern day one man band

Michelle McKee; Chris; Well it wasn’t as good as Alicia Keys version or different enough so struggling to justify that being a good choice of song Kiki; high notes in chorus needed more presence

Rachel King; Chris; again a good voice but poor choice of a song better heard for the west end. Didn’t move me sorry! Karen; excellent voice good image

Tim Buckley; Anita; a different song would have been preferable as the range was difficult Chris; Looked to have fun and portrayed it well.

Tom Marcovich; Karen; original song was best Kiki; ability is there just needs to connect more with the audience

Vi Lara; Chris; guitar was a little laboured in the backing track Anita; good movement around the stage, very brave second song

Lisa Healy; Chris; Not sure this is out of place at Butlin’s nothing different or outstanding from what we saw Kiki; voice lacked projection throughout Karen; good image

Craig Brauns; Chris; With his husky voice sounds a bit like Rod Stewart! Engage a little more be an improvement but I’m being picky Anita; a character and a recording voice, I enjoyed it

Janine; Karen; a confident performance but needs to work on mic control Chris; Performed it really well with some sexy moves and a good voice just watch don’t get too shouty on the high notes.

Angie; Anita; good song writer Chris; Cover wasn’t so strong but performed the original well to show why we put her through to the shows from auditions.

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Judges Feedback From The Hayes Live Show, 18 – 25′s Category

October 12, 2010

This weekend the judges were in Hayes! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK this year and some of the best unsigned acts in the country took to the stage at the Beck Theatre on 10.10.10 Here the judges give us some feedback from the event, but remember, it could all change at the Area Finals!

Please note: views expressed by Judges are opinions and in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK.

Judges at Hayes included singer songwriter Karen Corson, Rob Palmer from Vocal Tutor, Kiki Militsis from ICMP, Vivace Music Company Anita McDonald and Future Music’s Chris Grayston.

18 – 25′s;

Jacob Bush; Kiki; ability’s definitely there just needs a bit more originality Anita; good lyrics and composition

Jonny Mudd; Chris; A very human performance felt the emotion and nerves. Rob; great vocals with good connection to the lyrics

Krew Shai; Kiki; sleek moves second song was better Chris; Needs more than him on stage not strong enough on his own. Freestyle was much stronger good beats.

Maya Miko; Karen; great image and moves Kiki; good performance connected well with the audience Chris; Cover wasn’t different enough, female vocal suffered with pitch.

Vanita Atim; Chris; Didn’t enjoy it felt laboured and lacking passion Rob; good cover but lose the guitar and get someone else to play Karen; good voice and strong vocals

Angelyn’; Rob; dramatic performance could have done with more vocal dynamics Chris; Didn’t like the glasses limited the eye contact.

Blessed_G; Rob; look at the audience more Karen; kind of let the backing track do all the hard work Chris; Urban karaoke with the cover! At least try and make it unique? Awkward pause between change over.

Caroline Pooley; Chris; What a bizarre choice of song why choose to do a musical number? This would be good in the West End Rob; technical vocal Anita; good song but convey the humour more, use facial expressions

Marian; Chris; No dynamics felt lifeless Kiki; looked confident and had nice tone to voice Karen; nice gentle vocals, in tune, good image

Marysa Taylor; Chris; Sang very nicely but a very obvious cover Karen; classy up to date image Anita; beautiful top notes

Manu; Rob; good vocals and harmonies but the choreography let it down Chris; Backing singers not vocally strong enough although looked and performed great.

Natalie-Ann Stokes; Kiki; good ability and communication but could add more dynaimcs Rob; nice vocal and delivery but try not to hold on to the mic stand so much Karen; need to focus on confidence and stage presence

Nyja & T-zer; Chris; How annoying is the hello? Not enough conviction need to put on a show dictation is also not clear Anita; very energetic performance

Simone; Chris; Wanted it to be more lost momentum at times although guitar playing was awesome nice technique Rob; unique vocal

Tabitha Mortiboy; Kiki; good performance and connected well with the audience Rob; a bit more projection on the vocals would make a huge difference Chris; didn’t think the backing singer added much. Difficult to know who was lead at times.

Jimmy Deane; Chris; Nice tone, brave to do the cover acapella but a good job went down well. Like to hear more! Kiki; not many can pull off an accapella performance but this guy did Anita; original vocal, brave choice, well done

Susana Figueira; Karen; good image and good song choice Chris; Dynamics were a bit on one level could have built it up to a roof raising end?

Veronika Vesper; Chris; Loving the electro! Original song was better than the cover which lacked the same intensity and power of the original Rob; image matches the musical style

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Judges Feedback From The Hayes Live Show, Under 18′s Category

October 12, 2010

This weekend the judges were in Hayes! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK this year and some of the best unsigned acts in the country took to the stage at the Beck Theatre on 10.10.10 Here the judges give us some feedback from the event, but remember, it could all change at the Area Finals!

Please note: views expressed by Judges are opinions and in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK.

Judges at Hayes included singer songwriter Karen Corson, Rob Palmer from Vocal Tutor, Kiki Militsis from ICMP, Vivace Music Company Anita McDonald and Future Music’s Chris Grayston.

Under 18′s;

Alexandra Richards; Karen; well done on those high notes Chris; was let down by the guitar tuning Kiki; sweet voice with great delivery Anita; good to see instrumental/vocalist

Casper Jones & Zsa zsa; Karen; good but needs polishing needs to work on more moves Chris; nice ideas stop the track with the conversation need to act it with more conviction to ensure totally comes off Anita; liked the break in the middle and good interaction with the audience

Genesis Ubaka; Went over time so got disqualified.

Sienna Hamilton; Karen; very refreshing unique voice Anita; move voice forward on high notes for production, good potential Rob; confident vocal and engaging performance

Brooke Lawrence; Chris; Get on top of the nerves and this girl is dynamite. Looks great and unique with a funky original to boot! Karen; unique vocals and image Rob; lovely pure tone and confident energetic performer Kiki; performances didn’t flow together well

Mega; Anita; good vocal Chris; Watch the facial expression be an idea to perform in front of the mirror

Anna Michael; Chris; song choice was too big. Kiki; would like to see development on originality as the next step

Charlotte Lyles; Chris; nice use of dancers which worked well with the singers performance. Kiki; good potential saw some star quality there Karen; good entertainer needs vocal work

Chloe Canrom; Chris; Performed well, using all the stage. Watch the tuning across the range including the low points and not just the top notes Karen; powerful vocals, confident performer Anita; overall good performance but relax!

Danica; Chris; What a fab original which was complimented with a well executed cover. Angus remember you are part of the act so to back up the great guitar playing a few gestured looks with purpose is a minor point to improve Rob; unique style and vocal

Faith & Alexis; Chris; As Inviduals they are good singers not sure together makes it a better act Kiki; they could have sung in harmonies rather than in unison, bit disappointed they didn’t do this as it would have added dynamics to the performance

Molly Murphy; Chris; Nice tone but a little shaky vocally at times. Song choice was a little dull Karen; voice needs to be stronger Rob; lots of potential with a bit more confidence

Olivia Harris; Anita; vocals need a bit of work Kiki; good delivery and communication with the audience Karen; not enough movement not enough energy

Rebecca Stevens; Chris; Lovely voice but not sure hear too much of this sort of music in the charts, not sure this was the right song choice for this competition Karen; could work on stage presence and confidence

4-REAL; Kiki; everything they did was technically excellent Chris; Great harmonies practice makes perfect just to polish it to the next level.

Taylor Crosby; Chris; Good dynamics used to convey the song and worked the stage well! Anita; needs more work on movement

Shaleah Maraj; Rob; strong confident performer Chris; This girl has got soul! How old? Brilliant stuff!!

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Judges Feedback From The Plymouth Live Show, Over 25′s Category

October 11, 2010

This weekend the judges were in Plymouth! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK this year and some of the best unsigned acts in the country took to the stage at the Guildhall in Plymouth on 9.10.10 Here the judges give us some feedback from the event, but remember, it could all change at the Area Finals!

Please note: views expressed by Judges are opinions and in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK.

Judges at Plymouth included singer songwriter Simon Cooper, Alex Smith from The Studio, musician Olly Cox, pianist and composer Alex Christaki and Future Music’s Chris Grayston.

Over 25′s;

Barry Perrins; Chris; Was uninspiring, song sounded familiar Alex S; lots of personality and really enjoyable Olly; very enthusiastic performance

Cathy Jefferson; Alex S; good choice of song Olly; nice performance and enjoyed the song

Chris Good; Chris; Cover was better than original, which was a little non descript needs to have more to stand out as a potential track to sell Olly; looked down quite a lot but very good finish Alex S; nice guitar style, well composed original song

Jamie Leigh;  Chris; Would do very well in the numerous folk festivals up and down the country Olly;accapella dragged on for too long Alex S; good pitch control

James Shaath aka Villan; Alex S; not a very versatile performance Olly; used stage well but poor vocals Chris;  thought at times it really worked just too much change- must engage with the audience

Jeff Payne; Chris; was an awesome cover version very soulful however can’t see this guy selling across the board Alex S; everything works together really well Olly; favourite so far

Jessie Mullen and Danny Boy Phillips; Olly; couldn’t tell when they went from one song to another Chris; nice idea with the whistle, good USP. Not quite sure what to make of it really..different? Alex S; I like it but almost seems comedic

Kaset; Olly; looked good and good impact Alex S; great dynamic range would be good Chris; nice choice of cover, wasn’t convinced with the dictation at times hard to follow.

Robert Edis; Chris; Liked the original, think it would have worked better with the one guitar, the change was kind of messy Alex S; good choice of song Olly; showed good emotion

Sabrina Moncrieff;  Olly; perhaps acting a bit too young although I liked the way she took a risk by adding the rap in Chris; Need some work with vocals, image and performance

Sarah Yeo; Alex S; good dynamics Olly; Performance was a little cabaret for me, over polished.

Tom Mounsey; Chris; This guy would do well in the states, real bluesy sound that they would love. Olly; cool appearance just needs a bit more connection with the audience Alex S; the only slide work we’ve seen today and it really made him stand out

Renz DMP; Chris; Girls all looked good but too many dancers shows up mistakes easily Alex S; where did the american accent come from Olly; very different and strong confident performance

Tyrone Piper; Olly; very good voice

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Judges Feedback From The Plymouth Live Show, 18 – 25′s Category

October 11, 2010

This weekend the judges were in Plymouth! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK this year and some of the best unsigned acts in the country took to the stage at the Guildhall in Plymouth on 9.10.10 Here the judges give us some feedback from the event, but remember, it could all change at the Area Finals!

Please note: views expressed by Judges are opinions and in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK.

Judges at Plymouth included singer songwriter Simon Cooper, Alex Smith from The Studio, pianist and composer Alex Christaki and Future Music’s Chris Grayston.

18 – 25′s;

Adam Rosewall; Chris; Good tone, work on the dynamics slightly and performance was a little monotonous. Simon; One tone/level all through song  Alex S; Very together, made the song his own.

Char Harris; Simon; No confidence which overrides performance, but plenty of feeling. Alex S; Captured the feel of the song very well Chris; dynamics very much on one level, was nicely sung but a different song choice may have suited her vocals better.

David Benassi; Chris; Consistent and competent performance as always, setting the scene for the show. Simon; Good dynamics, good vocal ability and guitar Alex S; Well written, well performed, great dynamics.

MC Staffy; Chris; Good idea with dancers but a little distracting and should have integrated the performance with the singer. Simon; Too much going on Alex S; I’d like to have seen a more rhythmic device, but he ‘owned’ the stage and controlled it well.

Abby Clarke;  Simon; Sounded out of tune at beginning, should stand and use some movement Chris; nice tone and strong guitar support Alex S; Stand up! It gives a better presence on stage.

Adamcha Acoustic; Chris; Like this guys voice, really good projection.  Simon; Good sound and range, uses it to full potential.

Emily Brooks;  Simon; Should have picked a different song Chris; think her song was a little too big for her, didn’t grab me Alex S; very enthusiastic

Harry Stephenson;  Alex S; I liked the original arrangement Chris; Good choice of cover, just however felt it lacked a bit of life and freshness it required. Simon; Walking while singing throws off performance. Well  played.

Hollie Runnalls;  Chris; what a lovely captivating performance. Made the cover her own. Simon;Just a little more power, thats all! Alex S; would be good to hear a different song

MJ Crafter; Alex S; the production is better than the performance Simon; Looked as if he didn’t want to be here. Chris; looked uncomfortable and projected this.

Milena Rewinska;   Chris; A lot of vocals on the backing track which clouded her vocals, sometimes clashing. Simon; Needs it in a different key and more powerful as it is a strong song Alex S; good range, less vocals in the backing track

Rachel Jones;  Simon; Needs to be stronger and needs something else. Chris; Nice..lovely keys backing a strong performance.

Sami Jay; Chris; Not too much chemistry between guitarist and singer. Simon; Needs to use more range on vocals Alex S; brave choice of song

Soul Star; Chris; Nice guitar playing- support guitarist looks bored though- Look like you are enjoying it and want to be there! Simon; Need a lot of work on dynamics and choices of song.

Stephanie Blackler;  Alex; great instrumentation very warm and enjoyable Simon; Very clearly done with foot switches, just gives a nice twist to performance. Chris; Nice use of loop peddle, not overused like it is so often her song needs a defining hook

Sally Brinkworth; Chris; Behind a huge amount of talent and lovely tone nerves seem to evade the first part of the performance. Simon; Need to show some facial expression on first song Alex S; preferred the original piece

Stephanie Underwood; Alex; I’d like her to enunciate more Chris; A strong polished voice but a more exciting song choice and image could make this get even better. Simon; Instrumental section was empty, didn’t know what to do.

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Judges Feedback From The Plymouth Live Show, Under 18′s Category

October 11, 2010

This weekend the judges were in Plymouth! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK this year and some of the best unsigned acts in the country took to the stage at the Guildhall in Plymouth on 9.10.10 Here the judges give us some feedback from the event, but remember, it could all change at the Area Finals!

Please note: views expressed by Judges are opinions and in no way reflect the views of Open Mic UK.

Judges at Plymouth included singer songwriter Simon Cooper, Alex Smith from The Studio, pianist and composer Alex Christaki and Future Music’s Chris Grayston.

Under 18′s;

Amy Wagstaff; Chris; Good performance but dictation could have been clearer. Alex Christaki; Unique vocals. Simon; Vocals need to be clearer and spaced words , good attempt though. Alex Smith; Love the way she made the song her own.

Josie McDonald; Alex Christaki; Just needs practice Simon; Keeps looking at floor a lot, wasn’t doing much with the stage, need a smile Chris; Looked good but be careful with high heels on looked a bit awkward walking on stage which is a first impression.

Alice Chilcott; Chris; try to act confident showing the nerves too much, guitar playing could flow more. Alex Christaki; Lovely raw voice, simple guitar, some guitar practice. Simon; Eye contact with everyone, good facial expressions and potentially stronger voice. AlexMalric-Smith; maintain eye contact with the audience and drawing people in.

Charlotte Neale;  Alex Christaki; Some timing issues. Simon; Vocals need a bit more work Alex Smith; Good choice of song, it suits the voice.

Grace Rogers; Chris; Conveyed the song well with her hand gestures and facial expression Alex Christaki; Singing lessons to fix vibrato. Simon; Strong vocals, could have used stage more. Alex Smith;  Maybe a little nervous at first, but found her way.

Hannah Dawe; Chris; Nice idea having bongo and guitar backing and warmed into the performance as it went on Alex C; Low key, super vocals and performance. Simon; Strong as a group, good dynamics, needs a bit more of an image

Jasmine Thompson;  Alex C; Fantastic voice, some good dynamics. Alex S; Incredibly confident. Powerful voice for someone so young but need to use that stage and engage with the audience

Liam May; Chris; great to see him loving and enjoying himself. Simon; Needs a lot more confidence and more expression. Alex S; Difficult song choice, but he pulled it off.

Luke Friend; Simon; Good look, very good vocal ability. Alex S;Difficult song to sing, great effort Alex C; He’s going to have a superb musical career

Marissa May; Chris; Good choice of cover song, looks comfortable on stage, remember to engage more with your eyes.  Alex C; Superb vocals, needs to find a strong identity. Simon; Need to make use of dynamics and improve vocals.

Michael Jope;  Simon; needs to lift things up a bit and make more eye contact with audience.  Alex S; confident and stylish performance.

Sam Warren;  Chris; watch mic control don’t look down at the guitar as loose volume in mic. Simon; Needs to be clearer and use more dynamics and more expression.

Tamsin Ball;  Simon; Very good performance and a good look.  Alex S; Very honest performance, real talent. Good image and expression.

Toby Smith; Chris; looks confident and comfortable on the stage and uses stage well. Alex C; key is too low for his voice. Simon; Good use of stage, very confident Alex S; Maybe not the best choice of song, it got away from him at the start but he pulled it back.

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Hayes, Results From The Live Show

October 11, 2010

The Hayes Regional Final was on Sunday 10th October at the Beck Theatre. The final brought together the best unsigned acts from across the Region to battle it out live on stage, all in a bid to make it to the Area Final and eventually the Grand Final at the 02 in London! It was a great day and all of the acts performed well! Well done to everyone who performed – but especially well done to the following list of acts that have made it through to the Area Final:

Under 18′s;

Alexandra Richards

Brooke Lawrence

Mega

Chloe Canrom

Danica Hunter

4-REAL

Taylor Crosby

Shaleah Maraj

18 – 25′s;

Jonny Mudd

Marysa Taylor

Natalie-Ann Stokes

Jimmy Deane

Susana Figueira

Veronika Vesper

Over 25′s;

Adam Baine

Adam Fox

Daina Ashomore

Jacques Houdek

Craig Brauns

Janine

Exposure Awards

The winner of the Hayes Exposure Award is…

Danica Hunter

The current leader for the Regional Extreme Exposure award is…

Veronika Vesper

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