Lauren hopes to star in Open Mic finals

Lauren Stirling will perform in the Scottish regional final of the Open Mic UK competition in Glasgow this Saturday.
Lauren Stirling will perform in the Scottish regional final of the Open Mic UK competition in Glasgow this Saturday.

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Lauren Stirling has been given a big thumbs up in a nation-wide search for the UK’s best vocalists.

Lauren impressed the judges at the recent Scottish auditions and will now be performing at the live stages of Open Mic UK 2012, due to take place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this Saturday, October 13.

Open Mic UK 2012 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.

Lauren - who will perform as ‘Beau’ in the competition, due to the large number of entrants with the same name - is now in the running to compete for a place in the national final at the O2 in London.

Lauren is currently studying at the School of Performing Arts in Glasgow and is hoping to appear in this year’s production of Aladdin in Rothesay Pavilion after having a leading part in last year’s pantomime Cinderella.

Also competing in Saturday’s regional final will be another former Academy pupil, Aimee Gilmour, performing under her stage name of Aimee Scarlett.

Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges.

Chris Grayston, events coordinator for Open Mic UK, said: “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; 16 and under, 17-22 (the category Lauren is entering) and 23 and over, with the final taking place at the O2 Arena in London in the new year.

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 include Radio 1 DJs Ras Kwame and Annie Nightingale MBE, with Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill and KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges already confirmed to join this year’s Grand Final panel for 2012.

* If you’d like to support Lauren and Aimee, why not head along to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday - doors open at 4pm. Good luck girls!