Vocal Techniques: Music industry judges have provided feedback on vocal techniques for the Mid-Teen category of the Midlands and South West England TeenStar Area Final. Having good vocal techniques is very important for aspiring singers and so the industry judges have given feedback on how the acts competing can improve their vocal techniques as well as other advice on developing their performances.
The music industry judges providing vocal technique feedback were:
The guest act performing at the Area Final was Jack Walton who took part in The X Factor last year.
Vocal Techniques: 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.
Rory Naylor – A solid performance and good use of the stage. Vocally it needed to go up a level so would look to work on developing your dynamics and projection to be even better, click here for tips on music dynamics. Be yourself and relax. Have fun, there is no need to be nervous as you have a good vocal.
Sacha – Lots of potential and the song is decent showing off your vocals well. The song could do with more punch and focus around driving the chorus and hooks rather than letting the song meander, click here for more on writing that memorable chorus. Also click here for advice on performing with musical keyboards. It took courage to sing your own song so well done for that.
Ellie Whitehouse – If things don’t go as planned don’t emphasise or bring attention to it, the mic slides out from the stand rather than pulls out. That was also something you could have practiced before in sound check. Preparation of your performance is everything. If you can relax and dig deep then you will be an incredibly moving artist.
Megan Carlile – Good idea to do a mash up but ideally you want a mash up the songs to be completely seemless, click here for more on creating a music mash up song. Although you are static due to the guitar being plugged in and a mic stand you can still create movement and expression in your body language, click here for facial expressions and gestures whilst singing. You look really happy on stage and the performance showed, well done.
Harmonize – Liked the theme and the sentiment of the song, however it was a little repetitive so perhaps look to rework to add more dynamics, click here for tips on music dynamics. Need to look to develop the mic control, click here for more on microphone techniques. Good harmonies at times, so well done girls.
Katie Parkes – Maybe it was due to nerves but you started in the wrong key, which was a shame. You used the stage well but try and bring some life to the story of the song by giving us expression and emotion in your eyes and facial expression, click here for facial expressions and gestures whilst singing. A good voice on the chorus, however prehaps a different song would have been better suited to your vocal range.
Cadi Edwards – Liked the emotion and flow to the song it however lacked that hook to really stick in your head that a potential hit would require, click here for more on writing that memorable chorus. But the lyrics, theme and structure is spot on, well done! Very solid guitar accompaniment and vocal control. A faboulous performance!
Tronix – Liked that you really worked out an image which was in synch with the song, that was great. Performance wise it felt a bit under rehearsed and clumsy so going forward look to practice as much as possible, more live performance will improve this too. Vocally it improved after a nervy start and there were some nice harmonies.
Ashleigh – You look like a star, like the bow tie, but you need to develop the vocals as your tuning and projection needs to be worked on. A good vocal coach will be able to assist you in developing your vocals to be even better. Click here for advice on choosing a good vocal coach.
Kieran Marsh – It can be quite a risk to perform guitar with a backing track as it can come across a bit messy and crowded, and it did border on this at times. However the original song was good, you have a good voice and you played the guitar well, so overall a great performance. Try work on your diction as at times we couldn't quite hear what you were saying, click here for tips on singing diction. You have lots of potential so keep working hard.
Alyana – Fantastic presence and composure at the start to set the tone. Get the mic closure to your mouth to give even more volume to the projection, click here for more on microphone techniques. Good connection emotionally to the song! A top performance, well done!
Martha Clements – There is a touch of Birdy about this girl’s tone and delivery which can only be a good thing! Good expression in the face, but click here for advice on performing with musical keyboards. Good dynamics to bring the song to a big and fitting climax. A very moving performance, well done.
Millie Gibson – Terrific vocal control and a good song choice, not just for your vocal tone but also as it is not an over sung song so it felt fresh which was great. You could have looked to use your body more and moved around the stage more, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers. Lovely voice and styling. Nice charasmatic presence and overall a great performance.
Cameo Williams – Great song choice! You have a lot power in your vocals but ensure you are showing it off with better with better mic control and not over forcing the vocals to lose control, click here for more on microphone techniques. Performance wise watch your posture and work that stage more as the song gives you lots of energy to express that, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers. However a fantastic, powerful performance, well done!
Emily Burnie – You worked the stage well and come across as a natural performer. Vocally you would benefit from developing your projection and control to be even better. Also adding better dynamics would help to keep us interested throughout, click here for tips on music dynamics.
Alesi Summer – You sung and performed the song well but it lacked originality and came across a bit karaoke at times, click here for more on being creative with a cover. You used the stage well and there was plenty of energy in your peformance however click here for when to or when not too ask for audience participation.
Lizzy – Some lovely harmonises after a bit of a nervy start. It seemed a little rushed, it may of worked better just slowing down the tempo and working the dynamics more, click here for tips on music dynamics. Lizzy reached out to her guitarist with her eyes a good few times, which was great to connect with the accompanying muscian, however it wasn’t reciprocated all the time, so look to practice more with your musician to gage when it is best to create eye contact with each other.
Bethan – Song choice is so important and it felt that you struggled to keep your vocals under control which is understandable as it’s such a big song, click here for tips on good audition songs. Look to develop your mic control so you don’t lose any projection when singing, click here for more on microphone techniques.
Chloe Hurst – Your voice is good, however not convinced that the song choice was right for you range, it seemed a bit too low for you. The song also needs to really have a dynamic range to bring it alive and it just felt the song was too big for you on that stage, click here for tips on good audition songs. Look to perform more on stage too, click here for more on stage performance tips for singers.
Eve Pitt – A very confident performance. The song has lots of potential, it is witty, intelligent and has a good sentiment and lots of people will relate to it. More performances will tweak the delivery to be even better, however you have great vocals and it was great to hear an original song!
Sarah Ikumu – Wow! What a mature performance beyond her years! Aside from slightly pushing the vocals a little too hard towards the end, it was an extremely impressive performance. Unbelievable - you knowcked our socks off!
Kayie D – Fantastic vocals and a really committed performance. Just try and add some additional dynamics to give more depth, click here for tips on music dynamics. Great styling and nice song choice. You connected well with the song and it suited your vocals really well.
Tasha Jerawan – Good original song and beautiful vocal tone. Liked your image and the way you accessorised. You gave good eye contact which helped us connect to your song. Great guitar work, however it did sound slightly out of tune, so just double check your tuning before performing.
Naomi Jean – You have bags of talent but you must take care with your tuning and timing. Song choice is so important click here for tips on good audition songs. A different song choice may have suited your vocal range more.
Callum Walsh – Lovely, passionate voice and good guitar skills. Always a good song choice as it has lots of energy, emotion and ability to be dynamic which is exactly what Callum brought to the song. Good projection and power in the vocal, just work on your mic technique slightly to make sure the projection doesn't sound too shouty, click here for microphone techniques.
Holly May – Lovely vocal control and there is a real richness to your vocal, which is beautiful. A well worked dynamic performance and grand finale! Try and add a bit more sparkle to your performance to make you stand out even more!
Talis Eros – Fantastic delivery and such good connection to the emotion in the song. Lovely voice and distinctive styling. Such great intensity and passion in your performance, well done!
Annabel – Lovely vocal control and sensitive backing on the keys. Don’t forget to connect to the performers on stage. You have a connection in your eye to the music that connects us to you as a performer, which is great. A beautiful and very moving performance.
Ffion – A very elegant and confident performance. Nicely sung with lovely clear diction, control and tone however it did feel like it needed you to go up a gear to really commit to the high ends and really work the dynamics. A great performance to finish the show nonetheless though!
All successful acts from the TeenStar Area Finals will be performing at the Grand Final on Saturday 25th July at The NEC in Birmingham. For more information and to buy tickets click here.
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