THE competition that launched the likes of Birdy and X Factor runners-up Jahmene Douglas and Luke Friend is returning to Exeter.
The Open Mic UK singing competition is the search for the UK's best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists, and had more than 9,000 entrants last year. The auditions reach Exeter on September 27.
"Every year the bar is raised and the quality gets higher and higher," head of Future Music, Chris Grayston said. "We're really looking forward to seeing some fresh talent from across the country. This is a great chance to let the country see your talent."
Those who make it through the auditions will go on to perform in live showcases in front of professional judging panels and packed out audiences, with a spectacular grand final, which has previously been held at The O2 Arena in London and the NEC in Birmingham, awaiting the finalists.
The judging panels are made up of music industry specialists such as A&R scouts from record labels, vocal coaches, studio producers and guest celebrities. Gracing the judging panel in previous years have been BBC Radio DJ's Annie Nightingale and Ras Kwame, Kiss FM's Charlie Hedges and Mark Hill, an Ivor Novello award winner.
There are plenty of opportunities for acts that enter Open Mic UK to win prizes throughout the competition with more than £50,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including recording studio time and singing lessons, plus a main prize of £5,000 cash to the overall winner.
All ages are welcome to enter as Open Mic UK is divided into age categories; Under 16, 16 to 20, and 21 and over. Audition times will depend on your age category.
The Open Mic UK auditions are at Exeter Corn Exchange on Saturday, September 27, from 10.30am. Details: www.openmicuk.co.uk.