Hull Talent Trail 2011 – the semi’s!

Okay…so I have to be careful how I write this lest you get the impression I am bitter or upset about the outcome.  I’m not I can assure you. However, I do think that the topic needs to be discussed as there actually were a few unhappy and confused people in attendance the night of the second semi-final of the Hull Talent Trail 2011, of which I was a participant.

So, first things first and straight to the point, I didn’t actually get through.  I was well aware that I wouldn’t though, having seen the line-up for my night.  As soon as the names were announced for my heat I trawled back through the Hull Daily Mail articles of the qualifying heats to check out the competition…as you would.  For most of  the acts there were videos available to watch.  It became apparent after watching the first the girls that it was a) a girls night and b) a cabaret/club-singer/musical theatre kind of affair.  So immediately I was concerned that I had been put in this category being the only musician playing an instrument and singing my own arrangements of fairly well known songs that were d e f i n i t e l y  n o t anything like what the other girls were doing!

The previous heat I had been in had consisted of other guitarists, a couple of people singing to backing tracks and a seven-piece band.  When I was told I had got through that round, the organiser approached me afterwards and told me I had ‘walked it’.  I should also mention that one of the three judges was a musician also who has been in bands, organised lots of live music events and could actually play an instrument so understood what’s involved in playing and singing at the same time!

So the whole time I was preparing for the semi-final heat I was constantly being reassured by my family and my boyfriend that it didn’t matter that I was an entirely different performer to the other 8 girls and that I should trust the judges.  Under normal circumstances this would be good advice right? Well that’s what we all thought.

So I turned up on the night at Inglemire Social Club prepared and not worrying too much.  Then the judges came in and were introduced.  They were, in no particular order, Kim, Mally King, Pete T, Glen and Lisa Kelsey, a cabaret singer.

 

Comments were as follows:

 

Glen:  ‘Great to see live music’, ‘Loved your voice – and the arrangements’, ‘You have real talent Claire I could listen to you all day! A very commercial sound’.

 

Pete:  ‘Lovely control’, ‘Loved the arrangement of the last two songs’.

 

Mally:  ‘Guitar played with skill’, ‘Linked songs and told us 1st song as well, not all have done that’, ‘Great vocal quality’, ‘This area seems to produce really good guitar/vocalists, Emma, Edwina, Andy, Leanne that have made it, let’s hope you follow them all the way. You have a nice touch of humour’.

 

Kim:  ‘Three easy listening songs, loved them all’, ‘Hi Claire, thanks for bringing something different to the stage tonight, loved listening to your music, lovely chill-out songs’, ‘Relaxed and confident performance’, ‘My kind of music, thanks and well done x ‘.

 

Lisa:  ‘Nice look, confident start’ (Poison Prince), ‘Very nice voice, very chilled feel to the songs’, ‘Nice contrast to all the clubland acts’, ‘Like to see you fronting a band’, ‘Very talented but lacking that bit of sparkle for me’, then she said…..of In For The Kill ‘nice version – bit long’ and of Glory Box ‘Not familiar with the song’.

 

So basically, all positive comments bar a couple of negatives from Lisa. So, as this is MY blog, I have a right to dispute these comments and will!

In For The Kill is actually my shortest song so I’m not even going to bother saying anything more on (moron) that!

As for not being ‘familiar with the song’ regarding Glory Box, well, this is also an irrelevant comment. It really doesn’t matter if that particular judge knows that particular song or not. Everyone else loved it and I’m pretty sure they weren’t ALL ‘familiar’ with it! That’s not what a talent show is about judging. All other comments about my song choices were good, including her own which seem contradictory when you read them !

The questions are did I sing it well? Did I play guitar well with it? Did you enjoy it? Do I have talent???  As for sparkle…well, don’t get me started! Hahaha. Thats was my first reaction to that comment. Sparkle?? I’m a folk/rock/pop/acoustic artist! It would have been ridiculous to add some ‘sparkle’ in a completely inappropriate way to the style of what I do!

So basically, I wasn’t what they were looking for. Fine. Having seen the other performances of the night I don’t WANT to be what they were looking for.  As I was told by a few people on the night, I could have got up there, in a sequined dress, danced about like a lunatic singing to an imaginary moon and belted out some show-tunes (this is an accurate description of what I saw that night – ask anyone that was there!)….but that’s not me. I love what I do, I love playing guitar and I love singing songs that I feel and am sincere about. Thats my style and until I want to change it that’s how it will always be.

I haven’t taken it personally, I’m more than happy with the outcome and it’s been an experience.

I think the most fitting words to finish on are those said by my boyfriend before I even went to the semis which were ‘do what you enjoy doing and don’t try to be someone else’s idea of perfect’.

P e r f i c k  

p.s.  I will be posting the songs I performed for both heats of Hull Talent Trail 2011 for your anticipated opinions for me to completely ignore! ;)

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Hull Talent Trail 2011 – the semi’s!”

  1. Hey Claire,
    I think we met on the night above, I’m the girl who went first. I was also apparently lacking in the ‘sparkle’ department. But I am please to say we have both taken the same mind set. I’m never going to be a dance-about-the-stage type, and I don’t want to be either. The fact I was singing song about dying young, and it was in memory of my aunt who passed away recently, didn’t seem to affect their opinion that I needed to be BIGer with more sparkle. One of the judges did say that I had one of the best voices they had ever heard though. lol!
    I thought you were amazing, and you made me realise how much I missed my piano. I’m not bitter, as I was grateful for the chance to perform, but I agree, we should stay true to who we are!
    Emily

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  2. Hi Claire, Just to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed your performance, as did the people I was with. I’m not sure how the decision is arrived at as to who goes through to the final but I was quite surprised at the result, also with the result of the final heat. Your boyfriend’s advice is the same that I gave to my daughter. Always be true to yourself!

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  3. Hi Emily,

    Yes we met in the loo’s, I remember! Glad you agree – there’s a time and a place for ‘sparkle’ and to request it from a song for which it’s totally inappropriate is just ridiculous. However, as I told you in the toilets (how glam!?) your voice was great, and you filled the songs with emotion which to me is hugely important. On top of that you had (unlike a lot of the other acts) good mic technique which was much appreciated from those of us sat at the front! ;) Thanks for commenting and best of luck for the future! Claire

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  4. Thanks for commenting Julie. It’s always nice to hear positive feedback after performing for a new audience! Sounds like you’re daughter’s got a head start with good advice like that! :)

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  5. Thanks Claire, forgot to mention that my husband had his fingers in his ears for quite a lot of the evening, but not while you were singing of course. Why does it have to be so loud, do people really want their hearing damaged? We all had headaches the next day. The aim of some of the singers seemed to be as loud as possible. I don’t get it but perhaps that’s cos I’m too old. Hope to hear you sing again soon.

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  6. Lol! Yes Julie we were all absolutely the same. There was no chance of hearing any vocal quality (except with Summer and Emily) when we were sat there and before I even went up to do my set my head was pounding. I was trying so hard not to let on in case anyone thought I was being rude or disrespectful to the other contestant but…I’m trying to think of another word that means something so much louder than LOUD!! There’s no doubt some people went up there and just put their all into it performance wise (good for them and all that) but personally that’s not the kind of thing I would pay good money to go and watch. What am I talking about? I wouldn’t go for free. It just isn’t entertaining when you’re actually in pain! ;)

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  7. I have got to say for us sat at the back it was not loud maybe next time you should sit furter away from the stage an entertaining evening by all accounts.

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  8. Absolutely! If I were ever to go again I would DEFINITELY sit at the back…glad to know it was just us at the front that didn’t hear it properly then! :)

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  9. i was with one of the artists who didn’t get through i believe they signed a note to sat they where happy with the judges that night a touch of sour grapes because you didn’t get through. The two that went through i thought deserved to a young lady called Summer was excellent and did not in my eyes be a diva as you more or less put it in your write up the other girl is a proffesional entertainer i think ( maybe wrong there ) anyway the night made a bit of money for charity and an good night out as long as you did your best that’s all that matters.

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  10. Lol. Not sour grapes at all. I got some recording work out of it and am back in Hull at the end of the month to do that. Plus the event wasn’t the be all and end all of my career. I am a successful scientist and the music is my passion. No talent contest can affect that!

    The disclaimer doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything the judges say! As I mentioned in an earlier comment I thought Summer definitely deserved it. I also mentioned that I thought the sound engineering on the night contributed to some of the girls sounding like they were shouting or screaming.

    Not once have I implied that anyone was a diva! I spoke to a few of the girls in the ladies when we passed each other and we were all equally anxious and I resent the fact that you have suggested I may have a problem with ANY of the other girls. I absolutely did not and have not said that anywhere. They are your words and I feel it unfair of you to suggest that any of those girls could be considered divas!

    I would suggest you just read what I wrote and take it at face value and not try to assume you have any idea of what I might be trying to say. This is my blog where I can state my opinions freely and IF I wanted to call anyones behaviour ‘diva-ish’ I don’t mince my words….I would have come straight out and said it!

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  11. So what is it your not happy with
    1. you where put in the wrong heat?
    2. the judges and there comments?
    3. the sound?
    4. you didn’t win?

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  12. oh dear – thought I’d already made this clear. I am not unhappy about anything! It was just a little talent contest.

    I wrote…on MY blog….my thoughts. It’s lovely that you’re so concerned but really, it was all over for me what seems like weeks ago. I do have other things to be getting on with, 2 children, a job, a partner, recording, writing, moving house…etc etc. I am not upset in the slightest about the contest!

    In fact the only thing I get upset about is people not accurately reading what I’ve written and then commenting on completely irrelevant points. Have you noticed you’re the only one? I have many comments, some published most not as I don’t wish to implicate other peoples views on certain performers/judges/sound engineering on MY blog because people like you will assume they are my views! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  13. And you Claire. i did enjoy what you did my kind of music and wish you well in all you acheive

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  14. Hi Claire, Don’t want to wind John up again but I was sat at the back and it was definately too loud, if it was louder at the front I don’t know how you coped with it. I repeat it could be my age and the fact that I don’t get out much but I would have enjoyed the singing much more if it had been quite a lot quieter. I did think that it was a very tough heat and it’s a pity that all the singers couldn’t have had a chance to sing at City Hall, as they were all very talented vocalists. At one point in the evening I did comment that perhaps they should get together and put on a show. I try not to watch programmes like X factor and Britains got Talent but from what I’ve seen on these programmes, the quality on that night was far better.

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  15. And the winner was katie Star with Summer second and by god the sound was bloody loud but at least we had no problem in hearing it. Oh and julie i’m 64 (song there somewhere) good job you didn’t go to the final you would have headache all week

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  16. Hi Julie, Yeah I know – I think it’s just a personal preference. Although I was sat with people aged 16 and late 50’s and various ages in-between, all said the same.

    Your idea about Hull Talent Trail Revisited sounds great! What a positive thing to have the opportunity to partake in for any of the people who didn’t make it through! Plus there were plenty of musicians in the heats who might be willing to play the backing music if any of the vocalists who usually use cd backing tracks fancied playing with a live band. I see lots of potential for collaboration and for musicians to do what they love best (the ones I know anyway) which is to experiment and try new things! Really good idea!!

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