Emily Walker from Barnsley has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar auditions. Along with other impressive acts, Emily Walker has made it through to the Regional Finals and will now be performing at the live stages of TeenStar, the brand new competition for teens and pre-teens!
One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Emily Walker, now in the running to compete for a place in the National Final within The O2 in London. Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live Regional head to head battle alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the National Grand Final.
Chris Grayston, Events Coordinator for TeenStar comments “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, another Birdy that can go all the way, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist. There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find that star again!”
The competition is divided into age categories; ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category searching for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter TeenStar. The acts are all aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final at The O2 where the spotlight will be on all the acts with a chance to be signed.
The latter stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry as well as judges from BBC Introducing, national radio and regional press with judges being more prestigious in the later rounds. Past judges for Open Mic UK include Radio 1 DJs Ras Kwame and Annie Nightingale MBE, KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges and Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill who was one half of Artful Dodger.
Former winner of Open Mic UK Hatty Keane has been signed to BGM. Hatty performed live sets alongside Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder and Pitbull and is currently working on new material. Previous winners also include Birdy who is signed to Warner and in the last 12 months has hits all over Europe and is set to conquer the US with a collaboration with Mumford & sons. Other talent such as Jahmene Douglas and Lucy Spraggan have also come through Future Music competitions.
For more information go to the website www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk or better still come down and support your local talent performing! You can purchase tickets from the website www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk, on the door subject to availability or from Emily Walker.