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The 2016 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition kicks off with four weeks of auditions in August 2016. Emerging jazz singers are called to enter the competition at Jackson Hall, GrandWest on Wednesday nights, from 17 August 2016 to 7 September 2016. Auditions will take place from 20h00 and there is no cost to enter the competition.

With the chance to shine on stage comes the chance of winning spectacular prizes. The winner of the 2015 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition, Adelia Douw won a prize package worth over R66 000.

“We are pleased to announce the start of the 2016 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition on 17 August 2016. We encourage emerging jazz singers to enter the eighth annual Open Mic Jazz singing competition which has become a respected platform for local talent to be discovered and showcased. Hopefuls are urged to take note that the auditioning period has been reduced from eight weeks to four weeks,” says Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.The competition, staged by GrandWest and Heart FM, is open to all emerging jazz vocalists over the age of 18. Professional singers – those already deriving an income from performing – are not permitted to enter the competition. Performers must register for the competition between 19h00 and 20h00 at Jackson Hall on the day of their audition. Auditions are limited to 30 entrants per night.

The participants will be accompanied by an accomplished band. The judges will focus on vocal technique, song interpretation, stage presence and audience response. The entrants are encouraged to bring their friends, family and fans to cheer and support them. At the end of the four week audition period, judges will choose the top 24 competitors who will go through to the quarter final round, starting on 14 September 2016.

For more information on the competition, contact Morita Bester on 021 505 7526.

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