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Tees Valley

SINGING SENSATION
FREE ENTRY | ANY GENRE

Welcome to the first Tees Valley Singing Sensation competition

Part of our Summer Festival of Wellbeing, celebrating the health benefits

of participation in the arts by everyone.

Category A (Ages 5-10)

Category B (Age 11-16)

Submit 1 x song of any style/genre/era

Introduce yourself and your music choices

Submit 2 x songs of different styles/genres/eras

ROUND 1:

Video Submissions - deadline Monday 6 June 2022

All video submissions are critiqued and scored by our first panel of professional judges to decide who progresses to the in-person auditions.

ROUND 2:

In person auditions - week commencing 20 June 2022

A new panel of industry professionals will host in-person auditions where you are invited to perform a different song of your choice.

There will be a 1st and 2nd prize for each category!

1st Prize

2nd Prize

4 x song recording session!

Vocal coaching during the session

1 x song recording session

HOW TO FILM MY SUBMISSION

PRE-PRODUCTION CHECK LIST

  1. Is your camera framed in landscape? (longways, unlike like a selfie)

  2. Are you in the centre of the frame?

  3. Is the camera framed so there is little or no headroom?

  4. Did you stabilise the camera on a surface, or use a tripod? (no handheld)

  5. Did you do a test recording to make sure your vocals and backing track / accompaniment are balanced?
     

FILMING CHECK LIST

  1. Begin the video with 5 seconds of silence before singing/speaking

  2. Begin your performance

  3. Leave 5 seconds of silence after your performance

UPLOADING:

  1. Upload your video performance to WeTransfer

  2. Clearly title the video with “Full Name, School/Education Setting, Town"

  3. Fill out the "Email To" section with TVTPowell@tvms.org.uk and click "Transfer"

  4. Or click "Get a link" and forward this to TVTPowell@tvms.org.uk

 

RULES

  •  No microphones (including props)

  • No video editing or filters

  • No audio effects

  • No handheld or camera movement

  • Filmed in Landscape

  • Film at eye level, ideally from waist up

  • The performance must be recorded in one take, one camera, without editing. You can film your performance as many times as you like to get it right, but the final version must be from one take only.

  • See FAQ and Terms & Conditions for more detail (below)

TIPS

  • Judges will be looking out for story telling: connection and meaningful delivery of the lyrics 

  • Non verbal communication and stage presence is a key part of performance

  • Consider choosing songs that demonstrate your vocal range, but also your control

  • Think about your presentation - choosing a suitable location, lighting, and tidy background

  • Wear appropriate clothing  or costume

  • The most engaging performers might include dance, use of space, humour, props, etc.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

​HOW MUCH IS THE COMPETITION?

There is no registration fee for the competition - it is completely free to enter.

DO I HAVE EVER HAVE TO PERFORM LIVE?

Round 1 all performances are pre-recorded, so just submit your best take(s).

Round 2 is a live performance in front of a panel - but they're REALLY friendly. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE VIDEO OF MY PERFORMANCE?

The primary reason for video submissions is to give our first panel a broad sense of who has applied and who to invite through to the second round (in-person audition) with a different panel.

On registering to take part you will have the option to opt in to having your video submission(s) used in our digital broadcast - highlighting some of the entries we've had this year. If you would rather we didn't share your entries with anyone other than the first panel, then that's totally fine and will not go against you. 

 

If you're happy for your video to be used, we will collate the performance videos and edit a combined video including inserts from our host and judges. This will then be streamed via our social media channels (Facebook and YouTube).

 

CAN I HAVE SOMEONE ACCOMPANY ME WITH AN INSTRUMENT?

Of course! 


WHAT IS THE SKILL LEVEL?
Tees Valley Singing Sensation is open for all skill levels and vocal styles within the age groups outlined above. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I SING?
You may sing any style that you are most comfortable with. It must not contain explicit language, and should be appropriate for the age range of your division. From contemporary to musical theatre, opera to folk, the choice is yours. Although we do love happy songs.

 

CAN I SING AN ORIGINAL?
Yes, we love to hear original work!

ONE OF MY QUESTIONS ISN’T ANSWERED HERE. WHO CAN I CONTACT?
Contact Tom at: TVTPowell@tvms.org.uk

We do not accept video submissions by email. You must complete the online registration form.

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Terms & Conditions

  • All contestants are under 18 years old therefore must have permission by their parents to enter the competition and have their performance distributed online.
     

  • Contestants must not be full time performers or appeared as a finalist on any commercial televised competitions.
     

  • Contestants must follow each and every instruction as specified in the “how to film your performance” section of the brief.

  • Judges have final decision, and no correspondence from the public will disrupt the fair nature of the scoring.
     

  • Tees Valley Music Service reserves the right to change the audition dates and times for any reason
     

  • Recording sessions subject to availability.