Singing Feedback Southampton Dance Competition
Industry judges provide feedback for the TeenStar Southampton dance competition.
Southampton Dance Competition: Industry judges have provided feedback for the acts competing in the TeenStar Southampton dance competition. The industry judges have provided singing and dance feedback on how acts can be successful in developing their performances.
Southampton Dance Competition – Feedback
The judges providing feedback at the Southampton dance competition were:
- Roisin Mullins – Jacobs Leading Irish Dancer & Choreographer
- Ros Fountain – Talent Scout and Event Organiser
- Hayley Ostler – Pro singer/dancer and runs a Theatre School
- Ryan Bishop – Cruise Director and previously supported Lemar
- Chris Grayston – Head of Future Productions and Music Consultant for Sony, Thames TV and Syco Entertainment
Southampton Dance Competition: 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 Competition Southampton Feedback – Pre-Teens
Madison Bailey – Great flexibility and expression. Obviously doing a lot of the routine on the floor can be obscured by the monitors so you need to consider in non-theatre venues. You showed us great facial expressions, they matched with the music. It was very elegant and controlled. You’re a great dancer!
Mitch – Super sweet tone and control. Always consider that you are performing as soon as you are on the stage so consider what you are portraying as that first impression. Watch your mic control as you were a long way from the microphone which will affect your projection. As a performance it was very static, consider using the stage more to bring more of a performance. Lots of potential, just need to work on the periphery matters to be even better!
Jaida-lou – Good projection! The bad technique is letting you down though, especially with your microphone control, you need to keep it consistently close to your mouth rather than waving it about. It would be great to see the emotion of the song through your facial expressions more too. Song choice was good and you have lots of vocal ability.
Laura Kate – Super vocal! Look to use that stage to be more engaging for your audience, and to back up the super vocal ability! Be careful of your pitching on the lower notes, vocal exercises would help strengthen your vocals and better the lower notes.
Street Dance – Good energy and expression! Your facial expressions were great – it was very engaging to watch. Loved that you got the audience interacting and involved for an overall enjoyable performance. Try to vary up your moves a little more to make the performance even better.
Grace Dickinson – You had smiley eyes which always makes a performance infectious. You used the dynamics of the song well. I would encourage you to focus on these dynamics as this can put you apart from other artists. You have a relaxed performance style, which works for you! Keep working hard.
Hannah Birtwell – We can see you have the potential but bad technique is letting you down – especially with your microphone control, you need to keep it consistently close to your mouth rather than waving it about. Facial expressions will improve the emotion that you need to portray.
Sophie Dundas – Super confident start to give a good first impression. In particular, in the instrumental sections, you need to perform more – which includes conveying emotion through your facial expressions. This will be more engaging for your audience. Keep your focus throughout and don’t force the song and risk losing control.
Rosie Hollins – Wow you really pack a punch for your age, bags of potential and one to watch. The more you perform the more you will develop your stagecraft, and expression. Try to include some softer vocals, as well as the big notes – this will vary the dynamics and better your performance.
Southampton Dance Competition Feedback
Tea Lowe – Great to hear you performing and having the confidence to perform your own original song, however it felt like it needed backing music to reach its full potential. You had great control of this song. To better your performance, try and use the stage more.
Jessica Phillips – Love the song, your confidence is really growing each time we see you! Look to keep working on that expression to really give us more emotional dynamics so the hope and optimism as well as the roar emotion. Enjoyed the story telling of the song, and the movement you showed on stage.
KRS of Dance – Bags of energy and you looked great in the silvery outfits! You had great style and we loved the choice of song. Try to get down lower on the stage to greater the dynamics of the movements. Also extend fully to finish all the moves. Keep working hard girls!
Natasha Cullen – Looking forward to seeing you starting to and having the confidence to perform your own songs. Vocally you have a bags of potential with a super unique mature rasp, just watch your microphone control. You have great confidence on stage. Be careful with your high notes, it seemed like you were pushing them too hard at times.
Becky – You picked a song choice that commands! You need to find your style of singing that compliments the song. Next time choose a different song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist, this would show us your originality.
Daisy Barter – You have lots of talent! Song choice is everything so picking such a big song was maybe a challenge, you will always be compared to the original. The key is picking a song you connect with which also suits the warmer tones in your vocal. Extremely difficult to impress with such a big popular song! Work on extending your vocal range to be even better.
Grace – Massive vocal! Need to back it up with a more purposeful performance, really commit to the emotion and the expression of the song. Also get that mic closer to your mouth to give us even more projection.
Double Trouble – Loved your costume and appreciate the amount of time that has gone into putting your performance together – just fantastic! Try to keep the fluidity on point – you need to perfect the transitions between moves. Get this right and you will have great potential.
Above the Beats – You looked like you were having super fun and that’s so infectious! Make sure you give each other the vocal space, which is perhaps in the preparation but at times it felt crowded. Look to individually work on diverse harmonies, there was a little but the performance needs more.
Harlie Curtis – Lots of talent but song choice is everything so picking such a big song was maybe a challenge for another day. The key is picking a song you connect with which also suits bringing out the warmer tones in your vocal. Extremely difficult to impress with such a big popular song! Work on extending your vocal range and watch your tuning to be even better.
Jules Gaudion – Loved your outfit! At just 9 you have so much ability – just watch your breathing as this can be distracting in your performance. It was a great song choice, you have a very relaxed stage presence, it works for you!
Twin Trouble – You looked like you were having super fun, bags of personality and that’s so infectious! Make sure you give each other the vocal space, which is perhaps in the preparation but at times it felt crowded. Look to individually work on diverse harmonies and watch your tuning.
Leah Jewel – Good connection to the song demonstrated which is great and connects us to the emotion in the song too. You told a story which is admiring, using your hand gestures showed your confidence also. Your vocal projection has improved so well done and keep working hard!
Mid-Teen Southampton Dance Competition Feedback
Katy Bates – You have an amazing vocal but you aren’t giving us a performance. You need to use your facial expressions to bring more to the performance. Also the ukulele can sound quite thin as an instrument so consider when and what songs it’s best used with. A more upbeat song could show us more range and dynamics.
Imogen – You sung a difficult song well but you need to give it more commitment and more purpose to the performance, use of the stage and portraying the emotion in the song will do this. You have a good confidence! Keep working hard.
Lizzy – Good song choice and connection to the song. Watch your microphone technique, be sure to bring the microphone to your lips to maximise projection. You look sad behind the eyes – you need to use your eyes to bring the song alive!
Yasmin Haynes – It was a very static performance and you must look to use the stage and bring the song alive. Vocally at times you lost the control so look to remain to keep focus throughout! Perhaps a vocal coach could help with getting the best out of your voice.
Bel – Strong and committed vocals. You have a comfortable presence looking up throughout to perform is a great example to anyone performing with the keyboards! You were pushing the bigger notes a little too hard at times, try to keep in control of these.
Paige Dobson – Such a mature vocal beyond your years. Watch your expression and use your face to convey the story and emotion in the song. Try to keep some sections lighter, varying up the dynamics will be more engaging for your audience.
Sarah – You have a nice tone but it felt a little flat. You need to bring the song alive so we can connect to the song and you as an artist. Try to keep eye contact with your audience, as this is more engaging for them. Bring us some more energy!
Amelia May – The idea was fantastic and the songs worked well together. Just needed to nit it together a little more, focus on your mic control to ensure the projection doesn’t slip at pivotal moments. Performance wise focus on directing to the audience you are on occasions to side on and performing to the wings.
Harriet Wintle – Ensure the microphone is set up as close to your mouth as possible also ensuring it doesn’t affect your posture as you sit also. The more you can perform the more your confidence will grow. The performance felt a little rushed at times just find your composure and let the song shine!
Amey – Need to start to believe in yourself! More performance will build confidence. You did very well despite feeling ill, good for you for coming along anyway! Try and keep the energy going throughout the performance. Also work on your range as this will be more engaging for your audience.
Lewis Clark – Super posture and control. You used the floor well and your flexibility is impressive. Try to use lighter movements as well to vary the range.
Gracie – Super vocal and good connection to the song. Try and add even more expression and show us the positivity in the song. Work on your lower notes, perfecting these will make your performance more engaging.
Alisha Ayres – Love that you smiled throughout the performance which is very infectious! Watch your timing to be on point with the music throughout. Good modern music and good rhythms! A very happy and energetic performance. Thank you for smiling!
Mitchell Torlot – Super tone and control. Always consider that you are performing as soon as you are on the stage, so consider what you are portraying as that first impression. Watch your mic control as you were a long way from the microphone which will affect your projection. As a performance it was very static consider using the stage more. Always practice so you can’t get the song wrong, at times you seemed unsure on the lyrics and so was a little unconvincing! Song choice was poor picking an iconic song by an iconic singer although you did well you are always going to come off second best to the original!
Dance Competition Feedback
Isobel Wannell – Got better as the performance went on but would expect something a little more from the start! Look to use that stage more and ensure you don’t force the vocal and lose control.
Josh Hilborne – Try to keep eye contact throughout the performance, this will be more engaging for your audience. You showed us some good tricks! Perform as much as you can to build up your confidence.
Lauren Murray – Performance wise you need to ensure your moves are more committed and conveying part of the message of the song. Look to choose a song that you can bring your own spin to as an artist, and show us your originality. Good vocal control, keep the energy going!
Hollie – You worked the stage well and committed to the performance. Lovely richness and variation to your vocals. Be sure to work on your diction so that the audience can connect with the lyrics. Your personality really came across well, well done.
Kitty – Super rich vocal and you varied your projection well to give a good delivery. Look to work on the performance to really back up your vocals and express the emotion in the song even more. Try to lighten parts of the song, this will be more engaging for your audience.
Alicia – We like that you worked the stage by taking the microphone off the stand. Vocally take care with your pitch so ensure focus on that. Also look to tighten up your microphone technique, be sure to bring the microphone close to your lips to maximise projection. Try to relax and let the sound come naturally to you.
Tenisha – Great interpretation to the music. You have good flexibility, lovely control! When you kick try to keep your toes straight. We loved your facial expressions – be sure to keep using these, it makes your performance more engaging. A very enjoyable performance.
Dannii Murphy – Powerful projection! Look to back that up with a performance to match. Use your body and arms more to convey the emotion in the song. Try not to shout on the high notes – and try and add in some light and dark. Dynamics will make your performance more engaging.
Charley – Super tone, but watch your timing, projection and your breathing; a good vocal coach will be able to assist you with these. Good song choice, you possibly under prepared as you needed to be more in control. Good stage presence.
Hollie Findlay – Lots of talent, but it wasn’t the best song choice – this is crucial to get right. Singing such an iconic song is difficult as you will always be compared to the original. Luckily you san it very well! It’s extremely difficult to impress with such a big popular song! Try to lift your eyes and engage with your audience more.
Milan – Try to finish the extensions of your legs and arms. Commit more to the performance, in particular, the movements. It was emotional and we could see a connection with the performance. Well done for showing us this!
Rachel Howarth – Good potential! The song choice was very brave, maybe it was a little too big for you. Try picking a song that you can connect with, which also brings out the warmer tones in your vocal. Extremely difficult to impress with such a big popular song by an iconic singer! Vocally you are pushing too hard and losing control, a good vocal coach will be able to assist with song choice and improving your vocal range.
Conor Doran – Your piano skills aren’t at a level to enhance you as an act, you are concentrating so hard on playing you aren’t performing, you aren’t looking up and giving us eye contact. Work hard to bring up your playing levels as you have a super voice. Also try to push your personality in your performance, it would be great to see! You have a nice rounded sound.
Carter Harrison – You started in the wrong key and a bit flat which it meant you were playing catch up from there, which was a shame. Practice til you can’t get it wrong!
Grace Christie – Beautiful dancer and great technique. Great illusions and lovely dynamics but please be careful with your knees!
Erin Whitaker – You have a very crisp vocal with a super tone but perhaps too classically trained, it doesn’t really fit with the life conveyed in the song. The people in the song don’t speak like that, which would make it hard to interpret or connect with, it’s only because we know it from Ed Sheeran and you made it different made it fresh sounding.
Elle Doyle – You have a booming vocal and brilliant expression, we believed every word you sang. The key is picking a song you connect with which also suits bringing out the warmer tones in your vocal. Extremely difficult to impress with such a big popular song by an iconic singer; you did however take care to pick songs a little more leftfield. Think more about your image and style going forward.
Amelie Abass – Beautiful piano playing and lovely vocal tone. It’s great that you have the confidence to perform your own song, however you must practice to the point where you can perform more use your eyes and convey emotion to connect the message in the songs/your music to the audience, you need to look up more. Be careful of singing through your nose on occasions.
Miss Match – Great routine, very modern and good outfits. Try and add more dynamics to keep the performance varied throughout. Also remember to enjoy it!
Jodie Fraser – Love your tone, you have a beautiful, natural voice, but take care to make a good first impression from the start. Unfortunately your mic control was poor. Look to also commit more to convey the emotion within the song.
Aliyah – A very unique act, original story telling and an interesting style, but try and connect and draw your audience in more by engaging with them more.
Southampton Dance Competition – Late-Teen Feedback
Rosie Smith – Lovely soulful performance. Haunting sound to stick in your head which is the making of a hit song. Try and add more expression into your performance to be even better.
Stephanie Colta – Great expression and song choice which suited your vocal superbly. Good eye contact to connect us to the message of the song. Look to work on your projection to be even better vocally to really finish the song with a fitting climax!
Lydia Mackett – Strong interpretation of the story through your movements and dance routine which was great. Good use of space, you kept the fluidity going. Look to work on your facial expressions to develop your performance further.
Tori Allen – Love that you’ve used an experience with your emotions to create an outlet for your emotion. With more performances you can build in more dynamics to really convey the emotion of the song even better. Give the song space to breathe, change the delivery, tempo and projection to really deliver the message to its fullest potential.
Tara – Great that you worked the stage but look to use your eyes to reach out to your audience and connect us even more to the performance. Be aware of your surroundings ahead and during the performance as you stood in front of the projection for a period. Quirky look which is great. Ending was a little sloppy so look to perform to the end.
Mackenzie – Good dynamics to really drive home that chorus and hook. Small point, but always prepare before coming on stage, untidy start taking off your jacket and put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Good expression and liked that you changed the delivery at the end to keep the interest going throughout, well done.
Emily Hare – Commit even more to the performance and acting out the story of the song. Keep your focus on your timing and tuning as it times it ran away from you. More performance will improve this.
Tony Allford – It was quite a karaoke performance. You committed well to the performance and conveyed the emotion well, but watch your tuning when looking to force the vocal.
Rachel Lang – It felt a very nervy performance which didn’t put us at ease. Lots of talent but song choice is everything so picking such a big song was maybe a challenge for another day. The key is picking a song you connect with which also suits bringing out the warmer tones in your vocal. Extremely difficult to impress with such a big popular song! Look to work on extending your vocal range to be even better.
Amy Louise – Get the delivery right and these songs could be really engaging, slow them down and let them breathe, driving the chorus after getting the timing right. If you haven’t already watch Lucy Spraggan perform acoustically. Lots pf potential but you need to perform as much as you can to build your stagecraft.
Sian Bennett – Beautiful, graceful dance. You are a very elegant dancer. Good extensions and balance. Nice use of the stage and lovely facial expressions throughout.
Morgan Smith – Great to see you again! Liked that you made the song your own, but just watch your expression at times as it’s not always on point. The rapping was the best part, just watch your breathing so you keep the control.
Sophia Agricola – Lovely control, to be even better you really need to let go with the vocal to go to another level. Use your hands and body to help assist conveying the emotion too! Use all the tools at your disposal!
Dominica – Love the unique rasp in your vocal and you felt so comfortable singing such a big song. However give it strong consideration going forward to select a less popular song. Also try and perform more in the instrumental section as that was a missed opportunity to convey emotion and connect with your audience.
Amy Walklett – You gave a wide range of expression, but look to work the dynamics to drive the emotion of the song even more; play around even more with the tempo, delivery and projection. Use the instrumental section to convey emotion rather than keeping it sparse performance wise.
Cara Goodrem – Good composure and you worked delivering the chorus with added projection. Some smart lyrics to make the song engaging. Would love to hear more of your songs. Perhaps consider using your eyes to reach out to your audience more.
UNTAMED – Fantastic energy throughout the performance. Good unison and team work. Work on keeping focus on the still sections. A great way to finish the show though!
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