Teen star wows judges at singing competition

Lucie Francis is through to the reginonal finals of the TeenStar competition SUS-140324-101551001
Lucie Francis is through to the reginonal finals of the TeenStar competition SUS-140324-101551001

Fifteen-year-old Lucie Francis from Billingshurst has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar auditions.

Along with other impressive acts, Lucie has made it through to the Regional Finals of the UK’s only singing competition specifically for teens and pre-teens, and will now be performing live showcases of the competition.

TeenStar is an exciting national singing competition searching for the UK’s best teens and pre-teens singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music, meaning TeenStar is an exciting singing competition for teens and pre-teens to get involved in.

One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Lucie Francis, who is now in the running to follow in the footsteps of previous winner Luke Friend and compete for a place in the Grand Final. Thousands of hopefuls entered TeenStar 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 or Luke Friend 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. All entrants are aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final where the spotlight will be shone on them and they’ll have the 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 becoming more prestigious as the competition progresses. Past judges for Future Music competitions include Radio 1 DJs Ras Kwame and Annie Nightingale MBE, KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges and four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, also known as one half of the Artful Dodger.

Previous Future Music competition winner Birdy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since winning Open Mic UK, after securing a deal with Warner Music and watching her debut album achieve Gold status in the UK and platinum status throughout Europe, and receiving a 2014 BRIT award nomination.

On the evening of the Brighton Regional Final at The Hove Centre, there will be a concert with some previous Open Mic UK and X Factor acts including runner up Jahmene Douglas and Kingsland Road, with support from X Factor’s Giles Potter and Alejandro Fernadez Holt. Tickets are available to purchase now from SeeTickets. VIP tickets are also available to purchase, which include an exclusive “Meet and Greet” opportunity with Jahméne Douglas and Kingsland Road!

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, as well as on the door subject to availability or from Lucie by emailing charliuk@sky.com

Report and picture contributed by Open Mic UK.