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TALENT CONTEST TEENSTAR 2014 GRAND FINAL MID-TEEN FEEDBACK

Music industry feedback for the Mid-Teen TeenStar Grand Finalists!

TALENT CONTEST

Talent contest feedback: The 2014 TeenStar Grand Final took place this weekend and saw the best teen and pre-teen singers, songwriters and solo artists across the country compete to win the title of ‘TeenStar Champion 2014’ at The NEC in Birmingham in front of a music industry judging panel who provided feedback for each of the competing acts.

If you’re interested in getting feedback from a music industry judging panel, Open Mic UK have just released their 2014 talent contest dates - click here to see their 2014 audition dates!

Talent contest music industry judging panel

Judging the Mid-Teen acts at the talent competitions were:

  • Four time Ivor Novello award winner and one half of the successful garage duo Artful Dodger Mark Hill.
  • CeCe Sammy - a TV personality and celebrity vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Will Young, Simon Cowell and Leona Lewis.
  • Sony Music talent scout James Dillamore.
  • A&R for Universal Music James Meadows.
  • Jayne Collins an A&R consultant for major record companies, who has put together and managed The Saturdays and The Wanted.
  • Director of River Studios and producer of Open Mic UK winner’s Birdy’s platinum album Gareth Henderson.
  • Journalist of TeenStar partner Shout Magazine Claire McDonald
  • Head of Future Music Chris Grayston.

Please be aware that the views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of TeenStar, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts.

Talent contest – Mid-Teen feedback

Abi Hudson – The song didn’t fit your range perfectly as when you went up high you struggled to sound comfortable. Click here to get advice on warming up and why it’s important. Look to use that stage as you connected well to the song and you could feel the emotion. Click here for advice for working the stage.

Chessie – Good song choice for your vocal but to get to the the next level now you need to start really changing up the cover songs or writing your own songs. Click here to find out more advice on writing a song and click here for advice on singing a creative cover. You looked comfortable with the song and played around with the delivery which was good.

Chloe – You’re just getting better every time, and gave a comfortable and controlled performance. Watch your breathing as you lost your timing briefly. Click here to find out more on how to warm up your vocals. Strange ending which left the audience not knowing when the song ended.

Chloe & Jess – Liked the harmonies and you had a good connection between both the performers. You could have been a bit more animated and used more of the stage. Click here to find out how to perform visually as a singer. Would be nice to see you do something original. Click here to find out more on getting started writing your own songs.

Chloe Coverdale – Song was good but it had a lot of lyrics and it was a bit dark which isn’t always the type of song that people relate to. Click here for advice on writing a song. To take your performance to the next level try and express the emotion of the song with your mannerisms as you can already see it in your eyes. Click here to find out more on how to sing with emotion.

Daisy Clark –You looked so confident! Liked the song but struggled to latch on to a catchy hook which would make the song more permanent in our heads. Your guitar work is tidy and vocally you’re strong so just need that catchy song now. Click here to find out more advice on writing a song.

Danica – Strong committed start but take care not to force the vocal as you did towards the end and thus lost your control. Click here for advice on how singing lessons can assist you in being even better. Next time pick a safer song and reinvest your dangerous vocals! Click here for advice on choosing the right song.

Danielle Parker – You nailed the song and your vocals resonated nicely around the venue. There was the odd moment where you lost control but we can forgive you for that. Click here for advice on how vocal coaching can assist you in being even better. Next time try to find something where you can show off your own creativity. Click here to find out more on how to perform a creative cover

Emily Middlemas – After about five Grand Finals has the girl finally come of age?! Couldn’t fault you. Excellent stage presence. You’ve nailed the image and you performed a catchy original song with the delivery of someone far beyond her years! Awesome voice. Quirky and original. 

Holly May Wright – Another superb vocal with good range and you gave a committed emotional performance. Watch your mic control - click here for tips on having good microphone technique. You have a powerful vocal, make sure you use it.

Jenna – Can see you knew what you wanted to do but it felt forced; you pushed the vocal and over did the facial expressions and performance. Just pull back on both and be a little more natural as you have the ability. Click here for more information on emotionally connecting to the song. Work on warming up your vocal tone - click here for advice on how vocal coaching can assist you with this.

Jess – Great chest voice, but weak head voice. Learn to connect the two and let your great feel show throughout - click here for advice on how vocal coaching can assist you with this. You needed to include more dynamics in the performance and it didn’t feel like you connected to the song - click here for tips on how to sing with emotion

Talent contest – Mid-Teen feedback

Kyrome Richards – Great stage presence, you really looked the part. Very talented, liked the beat-boxing, distinct style and you had a great delivery. Your ability is obvious, but now to get to the next level you need to add melodic interest to the song. Click here for advice on songwriting

Lateisha – You looked super confident on stage and have such a lovely tone. You have a booming rich vocal combined with a fantastic song of your own. Work on making your image match the song now - click here for some tips on act image. Also work on finding your own unique sound - click here for advice on singing a creative cover.

Leah Gooden – You lost it a little in the middle but this girl oozes star quality. You looked a little less comfortable than your area final performance – you were probably just pushing it just that little bit too hard. Click here for advice on having stage confidence as a singer. Start working on your own material to keep your performances interesting. Click here for tips on how to get started on writing your own songs

Lola Young – Great! Lovely sound and tone to the song, could comfortably listen to an album’s worth of this. Lola is one of the most improved acts we’ve seen in the last 12 months. Unusual style - don’t change a thing! 

Lucie Francis – Good idea but the backing singers looked really uncomfortable and not always together with all the dance moves. It needed to be a little more polished. Work on performing visually as well as vocally. Click here for tips on performing visually. Also work on finding your own image as it didn’t fit the song you were singing. Click here to find out more on act image

Lucy Jones – Liked that you tried to make the song your own but it felt like you tried to force it and it affected your pitch and tuning which was a shame as when you were on point you have a fantastic tone and projection. A good vocal coach will help with your control and make you even better. Click here to see how a vocal coach can help your performance

Lucy Moore – A natural performance, making an immediate impact and your different song choice really made you stand out. Remember to keep control throughout and don’t force the vocal which just peaked a couple of times towards the end - click here for advice on how vocal coaching can assist you with this.

Molly Grace Hocking –Lovely vocal tone. Sung it really nicely but the song choice wasn’t overly inspiring. Click here for more information on the importance of song choice. Molly has real ability but now need to see you playing around with songs and making them your own; let’s find you as an artist. Click here to find tips on how to perform a creative cover

Tabitha Jade – It’s great that your song sounds familiar but it needs a vocal hook line to make sure the song is memorable. Click here for more advice on writing your own songs. Parts of the main melody felt a little shouty, so try to tone that down a little - click here for more information on emotionally connecting to the song.

Olivia – Great classical crossover. Lovely tone. Did not expect to like this as much as I did! Great vocal and diction. Powerful projection - you gave one of the most enjoyable performances of the day. Click here for advice on how to keep up the good work.

The Dukes – To be even better going forward you need to find your own image as an act - click here to find out more of how image can help you. It’s great that you all sung but could have layered up more contrasting harmonies for an even fuller sound, but the song definitely has potential.

The Vessels – Talented boys and well-worked harmonies – there’s always a place for vocal harmony groups as there’s not enough of them. Now you need to work on your accuracy - there’s so much potential here and you guys are going to be awesome soon. Click here for advice on how to perform on stage.

Tom Walker – A nice mash-up and a committed performance. Watch the guitar playing as it clashed with some of the notes on the backing track which is always the problem with playing over a recorded track - it tends to be very difficult to make it work. Work on getting your vocal tone out of your nose as it sounded very nasally - click here for advice on how vocal coaching can assist you with this.

Vimbai – Fantastic hair that really makes you stand out from the start. Watch your mic control - click here to learn how to get the most from mic control. You also lost control towards the end as you tried to force the vocal. ‘Listen’ is a difficult song to pull off – you have a strong voice so take on a song you can make your own - click here for tips on how to perform a creative cover.

Yazzy – A beautiful song with a haunting, lush vocal. You broke my heart! Reminds me of Eva Cassidy. Record this and put this out! You seem to have come on leaps and bounds in the last year or two especially with your song writing. Your vocal control and control of the room is exceptional.  It seemed to take a while for you to dig into the song, get to the hook and make it memorable - click here for more information on emotionally connecting to the song.

Enter the TeenStar talent contest now!

For your chance to perform in front of music industry judges, enter talent contest TeenStar now!

Alternatively, check out details for nationwide talent contest Open Mic UK here, for which the auditions begin in August.

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