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DANCE CONTEST

Industry judges dance contest feedback. 

DANCE CONTEST

Dance Contest: Industry judges have provided feedback for the acts competiting in the TeenStar Midlands Area Final dance contest. The industry judges have provided singing and dance contest feedback on how acts can be successful in developing their performances.

Dance Contest– Feedback

The judges providing feedback at the Midlands Area Final dance contest were:

  • Kat Stephens - Vocal Coach
  • Tru Powell - Aston Performing Arts Academy
  • Asher Halle - Green PepperJunction Records & Brit Award Judge
  • Andrea - Squad Dancewear
  • Michelle - Squad Dancewear
  • Sarah-Louise Campbell - Vocal Coach
  • Darran Barker - DB Management and Events
  • Chris Grayston - Head of Future Productions and Music Consultant for Sony, Thames TV and Syco Entertainment

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

Dance Contest Feedback - Pre-Teens

Born 2 Dance – Really liked the coordinated entrance onto stage, that gave a super first impression! Great energy, performance and use of the stage. Loved the smiles! Work on tightening up your synchronisation to make it even sharper, but a fantastic, fierce vibe!

Rhiannon – Lovely tone and a good song choice, nice and current. Take care of your mic control as at times you lost your projection, click here for tips on microphone technique for singers. Look to use the stage more too, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers. You want to look to develop your stage craft so you command that stage with authority! Make sure you don’t force the vocal and lose control.

Jack Gibson – Great ability and agility. A very emotive performance with good choreography and a variety of moves. You are clearly a confident performer! Work on strengthen your lines and core strength for your balance and stability.

Eva Rose – Nice distinct and individual image, which makes you stand out as a singer. You also have a catchy original song, which is so important to establish yourself as an artist, ensure you keep writing songs that people can relate too and find catchy! You have a great confidence on stage, which is great. 

Pulse – Bags of energy and attitude. Great music, however the ending could have been a little more professional so it’s slicker with the performance to tidy it up. A very confident, sassy performance, well done! 

Daria – It's great that you used the stage and had so much energy, but visually you need more on a big stage, backing dancers would have really helped your performance. Also, when you are using the stage and dancing around you have to be super fit otherwise your breathing goes and you can’t punch out the vocals to the same level, so work on maintaining your breathing through the moves. 

Mario Brothers – Good synchronicity with lots of technical moves in the routine. Great flips, but remember to keep the energy levels up all the way through the performance to the end. It would have also been nice to see a different routine from the previous rounds to show off your ability further. 

Verity-Rose – You have lots of potential and a lovely voice, however look to develop your expression and emotion into your performance, click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers and on how to sing with emotion. Vocally this song wasn’t the best song for you and you had to strain at times to stay in tune, look to work with a good vocal coach to help you develop your voice further, click here for for tips on singing teachers and finding the right singing teacher.

Olivia Hanks Dancer – A very beautiful and passionate performance. You are clearly a very confident dancer as you really bought the emotion into the performance, great connection from the routine to the music. Lovely, well done! 

Archie - Well done on continuing even when your microphone didn’t work, it's always essential to remain professional and keep your composure which you did. Good strong performance and good use of props. We can really see you making the West End with this strong performance and vocals. You are very original and charismatic! 

Sam Lyons – Super talented dancer, just take care with your timing as at times you were waiting on the music for your next move. Also try and hide the concentration and hesitation in your facial expressions, relax and feel the dance more. 

Tegan Skye – Great performance and connection to the song and audience. However, you did choose a very big, popular song choice from an artist with a distinct and powerful vocal, so it’s difficult to be able to do it equal justice to the original artist if you're not going to make it original and different to your own vocals. You have a super vocal so ensure you pick more leftfield song choices, click here for more on the importance of song choice and click here for other helpful tips!

Dance Contest Feedback 

Jess Watson – Fun and stylish dance routine with a good theme. Lovely moves that you executed well and great confidence. Just try and connect with the audience more going forward, but well done. 

Ziah – You have a super vocal, so ensure you get your microphone as close to your mouth as possible so you give yourself the maximum projection and clarity through the PA system, click here for tips on microphone technique for singers. Nice song choice and good to see you working the stage and performing, keep working on that to develop further, click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers

Taylor Elwell – Nice routine, we really liked your interpretation of the song in with your performance. Super timing and execution, well done. 

Leo – You looked cool and trendy which is so important as an act on stage. You had a good connection to the song, but with your expression, ensure you are demonstrating the optimism and hope and not just the pain and anguish, even on the lines "should have brought you flowers" try and bring joy in your eyes at the thought of what you should of done and how it could have been, instead of sad emotion all the way through, click here for tips on how to sing with emotion

Double Trouble – Great costumes and energy. You generally had good synchronicity between you, however some of the timing between you wasn’t on point at times, you just need to work on being slightly tighter.

Livi Khattar – You have great clarity to your vocal, and you connected well to your audience to really express the emotion in the song. You made the song your own which was creative and you used the stage well. A very beautiful and vulnerable performance, well done. 

Sugar Rush – Brilliant costumes, energy and routine. Amazing attitude and the performance was on fire, however the moves could have been a little tighter together as a group, so work on your synchronicity. 

Hannah Thornley – Lots of potential, and nice voice but just take care with your pitch at times, the song may have been a bit too big for you. Look to add more dynamics to your vocals and develop more expression and emotion in the performance, as you aren’t conveying the depth of emotion in the song you are singing. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics and click here for tips on how to sing with emotion

Destiny - Loved the costume and originality! Great character and stage presence. A very mesmerizing performance, well done! 

Charlee Jay – Nice voice and great song, but you need to bring it alive with your performance more. Perform and act out the emotion within the song, in particular within your facial expressions, click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers and on how to sing with emotion

Chloe – Good confident attitude on stage, you have brilliant stage presence. Love your vocal, but watch your diction at times and look to work the dynamics of the vocals more, otherwise the song sounds too much like a loop. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics

Elite – Loved your expressions to bring the story of the song alive and the costumes were great. However it’s a very popular song choice to perform to, so maybe look to pick something more leftfield or less popular as we’ve heard this done on numerous times.

ISABELLA GIORGIO-JONES – Good confident attitude on stage, you have brilliant stage presence and a beautiful voice. You handled the key change well and attempted the adlibs well too. Look to work the dynamics of the vocals more, otherwise the song sounds too much like a loop. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics. A very nice performance, well done. 

JD Duo – Brilliant routine! Beautifully and technically performed to give a very emotive performance. A well thought-out performance, well done. 

Olivia Hanks Singer – You have a powerful voice and lots of potential, but just take care with your pitch at times. Also get the microphone as close to your mouth as possible as you are potentially losing the projection and clarity through the PA System, click here for tips on microphone technique for singers. Look to work the dynamics of the vocals more too, otherwise the song sounds too much like a loop. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics

Jenna – Love your vocal tone so much! Great vocal control and placement and a very engaging performance. You seem very confident on stage, but look to command it even more and remember to use the stage too to reach out and connect to your audience even more. Click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers.

Rivmix Dance Academy – A very entertaining performance, lots going on with amazing tricks. Good dancers and brilliant concept, well done. 

Liam Price – You have a super vocal, and it was a great song choice for you. However don’t forget to perform as much as you can, smile and bring that expression to your performance. Be confident in yourself as you have an incredible voice! 

Mid-Teen Dance Contest Feedback 

Chantee – Well done for continuing despite the microphone problems, it's always essential to remain professional and keep your composure which you did. You have a smiley face which helps us to connect to you and find you engaging. You have a great outfit and style which is so important for an artist, just make sure you don’t force the vocal and also don't cup the mic as it makes it sound muffled, click here for tips on microphone technique for singers.

Charlotte Cooper - Lovely characterisation and story telling within your dance routine. Lots of energy and nice choice in music. A very original and quirky performance! 

Madeline Thornley – Super vocal and in particular the projection, however you need to commit even more to the performance. Look to work the dynamics of the vocals more too, otherwise the song sounds too much like a loop. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics. Also try and develop your performance to convey the emotion of the song more and back up your lovely powerful vocal, click here for tips on how to sing with emotion.

Impact – A very energetic performance with bags of attitude! The performance needs to be slightly tighter, but there were some really good movements and it was a very good and enjoyable performance, well done girls! 

Ella Hudson – You have a lovely vocal and it’s a super song, but you need to bring it alive with your performance, perform and act out the emotion within the song. Click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers and on how to sing with emotion. Also look to work the dynamics of the vocals more too, otherwise the song sounds too much like a loop. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics

T.G Ellis – You have a nice voice and the guitar gives it an authentic live feel, which is great, but look to give us more expression within your facial expressions to covey the emotion in the song more. Also consider more dynamics within the song, the break down was good and made it your own which was original and good to see. 

Ellisse Daley – Nice vocals, but this is a massive song to pick which is always a worry as it's such an iconic singer and song, we would always suggest you consider avoiding. You did a great job of it, but click here for more on the importance of song choice and click here for other helpful tips

Charlotte Crawford – Beautiful, captivating performance. Great outfit and a confident dancer. A very emotive performance with lovely extensions, well done. 

Chloe Hurst – Good singer and nice song choice. Love the individuality to your voice, you definitely have the potential but try and commit more to the performance. Click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers and on how to sing with emotion

Beech Berry – The choreography and energy was great, and you both are super talented and confident dancers, however as there are only 2 of you the synchronicity needs to be really tight, so work on perfecting that going forward. 

Gabby – Wow your vocal tone is gorgeous! Super vocal control and perfect song choice for you, which you adapted well in places. An incredible performance, well done!

Rebecca Luckham – You looked cool and trendy which is so important as an act on stage and to be original too, but not sure it totally fit the song choice. With your expression, ensure you are demonstrating the optimism and hope and not just the pain and anguish click here for more on how to sing with emotion. Liked the rap break down; get the right song choice and I feel we can see a really different side to you as a performer as you are very talented! 

Overload Reloaded – Really great concept and fierce start with the pace change. Lovely facial expressions and good music. 

Dance Contest Feedback - Mid Teens

Avygayle – Beautiful voice and lovely song, it's great that you're already writing your own songs. Really look to drive through that hook which you can do by just altering the timing, tempo and projection to name a few, to make the chorus stand out and be more catchy, click here for tips on writing songs.

James Afroman – Loved the choreography and comedic side to the performance. A very fun and charismatic performance. Love the music! So entertaining, well done! 

Brooke – Strong vocal and good song choice for your voice. You committed well to the performance, just take care not to force the song too hard and loose control. Look to use the stage more too, click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers

Starlight Dance School – Wellingborough – Really good concept to the routine and great music mix. A strong performance however the synchronicity could be tighter as a group, so look to work on developing that. 

Angus Spikings – You have a nice voice, but you needed to give more commitment to the vocal, it’s a big song and you need to commit to giving it everything especially as you aren’t performing a great deal. Look to use the stage more too, click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers

Betsey Bircumshaw – You have an incredibly strong vocal and it was a great performance, however it is a very big and iconic song to pick and that is always a risk as you will always be compared to the original artist, so click here for more on the importance of song choice

Electro – A very interesting performance, well presented with great variation of styles. Nice music mix but the synchronicity could be slightly tighter as a group, so look to work on developing that. 

Kellimarie – You have a super tone and a real ability to right catchy songs which is brilliant. Really look to drive through that hook which you can do by just altering the timing, tempo and projection to name a few, to make the chorus stand out and be more catchy, click here for tips on writing songs.

Lauren – Start to believe in yourself more as you have a great vocal, click here for tips on building stage confidence as a singer. Look to create an unique image on stage rather than being so casual as that is important to create individuality. 

Urban Out Steppers – Great costumes and an awesome music mix. Such a strong performance, you smashed it! Well done! 

Summer – Quirky voice and nice take on the song. Look to use every tool at your disposal so add more facial expressions and body movements in your performance. More expression conveys the emotion in the song and connects us to you as an artist and to the music. Look to use that stage more which will again help connect to the audience, click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers

Maddie Carter – Great to see you doing a creative cover, it was very beautifully delivered and showed originality. Look to work the dynamics of the vocals more too, otherwise the song sounds too much like a loop. Click here for more on adding vocal dynamics. Also look to alter your timing, projection and tempo even more to work around delivering the chorus to its fullest potential, but a good rendition well done. 

KSD – Loved the whole costume and face paint, it was very effective. A very good performance, but it need slightly more energy and oomph for that extra impact. Good effort though. 

Dance Contest- Late-Teens Feedback 

Olivia King – You have a good voice and it was a strong vocal performance, but you need more confidence in yourself, don't let the nerves get the better of you! The more performances you do the more you will learn to get over them and build your stage craft, but click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers and click here for tips on building stage confidence as a singer.

ZAK – A very heartfelt and emotional performance. You have a lovely tone and a nice head voice, but you need to work on your transition from your head to chest voice. Try and work on your breathing more as this will help with your vocal control too. Working with a good vocal coach will help you with all these areas, click here for tips on singing teachers and finding the right singing teacher.

Harley Quinn's – You are clearly a very confident performer; however, you need to develop the choreography more as it became quite repetitive at times, which doesn't keep your audience engaged. 

Holly Mayy – Great voice, brilliant control and nice original song! Your falsetto is lovely and you connected well to the song, giving a very confident and emotive performance. Well done! 

Keilah St Juste – You have a beautiful voice, the high notes were awesome and we believed every word you sang, it was a very moving performance. Work on your image and individuality going forward to stand out more from the crowd. 

Okeam Briscoe – Beautiful! Just an amazing, captivating performance. Extremely impressive, well done! 

Frankie's Dancers – Good concept and a fun, energetic performance, it looked like you were all having a really good time! Just work on your delivery and execution a little more to be even tighter as a group. 

Darshae – You have great stage presence, a good contemporary image, nice attitude and vocals. However a different song choice might have suited you slightly better to really show off your vocal ability, click here for more on the importance of song choice and click here for other helpful tips!

Monique Bailey – Nice song choice, it really suited your vocal. Good voice and nice sliders. Your falsetto is lovely, but try work on you breathing to develop your vocals further. 

Noel – Fun song and loads of personality in the performance which was great. You delivered the song with attitude, but your vocals do need strengthening to develop further.  Working with a good vocal coach will help you with this, click here for tips on singing teachers and finding the right singing teacher.

Melissa Livings – You are clearly a very confident and brilliant dancer to perform an improvised dance routine. You have great stage presence and attitude and the performance was very powerful, if it had been choreographed you would have been looking at top points! 

Eloise – Good voice with a lovely range and tone, but you need more confidence in yourself, don't let the nerves get the better of you! The more performances you do the more you will learn to get over them and build your stage craft, but click here for tips on stage performance tips for singers and click here for tips on building stage confidence as a singer.

Soul4mation – A very fun performance. Great vibe between you all and nice harmonies. The single voices need further development, but as a group it works. Catchy song and an infectious energy. 

Kadey – You have a brilliant voice and vocal range with excellent riffs and licks. Good image, but try and work on connecting with the lyrics of the song slightly more and portraying that to the audience, click here for more tips on how to sing with emotion

Fierce – It was an intelligent and thought provoking performance, but not sure that the concept was completely clear, as not everyone understood it. Overall it was a good, enjoyable performance though. 

DANCE CONTEST

All successful acts from the TeenStar Midlands Area Finals will be performing at the National Grand Final on Saturday 29th July at The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3LD. For more information and to buy tickets click here.

If you’re a teenage singer or songwriter with what it takes to win TeenStar, enter now. Alternatively, Open Mic UK are now taking entries for their auditions in the summer. Check out more information about singing competition Open Mic UK and enter now!

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