Local talent shines on the Mic
Jimmy Deane through to the Regional Finals of the Open Mic UK 2010 competition
Jimmy Deane from Hornchurch, Essex has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the Open Mic UK auditions.
Along with the other most impressive acts, Jimmy has made it through to the Regional Finals and will now be performing at the live stages of Open Mic UK 2010.
Open Mic UK 2010 is the exciting national talent competition which searches for the UK's best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.
One contestant who has evidently caught the judge's eye is local talent Jimmy Deane, now competing for a place in the National Final at the O2 in London and the chance to grab a break through recording contract.
Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. But it was Jimmy Deane that wowed the panel and has now been given an opportunity to prove that they are the best on the Mic in the region.
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 head of A&R at Future Music comments, "We are searching for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist. The standard was high last year and this year looks set to be even better."
The competition is divided into age categories; Under 18, 18-25 and 25 and over; all types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK.
There's over £50,000 in prizes up for grabs this year and the overall winner of Open Mic UK 2010 will be offered a recording contract, with up to £30,000 investment! They'll also have the opportunity to tour across the UK.
There are plenty of development opportunities available to acts taking part courtesy of ICMP, who will be offering songwriting courses and master classes throughout the competition. 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 National Radio, BBC Introducing and Regional Press.
The winners will not only get to perform on stage at the 02, but they will be thrust into the media spotlight through television, radio and print media and all winners will be invited on the Open Mic UK Tour, which boasts 100 gigs across the country.
For more information go to the Open Mic UK Official Website - or better still come down and support your local talent performing. You can purchase tickets from the website or on the door subject to availability or from Jimmy (jimmydeane [at] live.co.uk).
Open Mic UK Official Website