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Fancy entering a singing competition without being ridiculed by Simon Cowell. Or relying on a heart-warming backstory to guarantee you a space in Boot Camp?

Auditions are now underway for this year’s Open Mic contest and the great thing is…There won’t be an ITV camera in sight, although if you win you’ll find yourself performing at a 20,000 capacity venue in London.

Everybody is welcome to enter the competition – You can be a solo singer, a group, duo…Successful applicants in the Regional Finals will have the chance to perform in front of representatives from Universal, Warner and Sony Music record labels as well as BBC Introducing, local press and radio DJs.

Over the years Open Mic has seen budding musicians overcome various forms of health conditions. In 2014 Alison Atkins-Green told us how she teamed up with a personal trainer to help her overcome a mental health problem…

Alison said: ‘I suffered from depression for years from the back end of losing my mum to Breast cancer. Following this I piled the weight on and lacked severely in confidence. It was hard for me bringing up two young boys as they were very demanding, I hid behind my depression and weight to the point where I no longer wanted to be here. Enough was enough so I went for counselling and started physical training with Jordan a year ago. I have lost a lot of weight with Jordan's help and he doesn't just physically train he understands the psychological effects that have been a factor of my weight gain.’

Rich Jones won the Open Mic UK competition in 2014. Speaking to ABLE2UK after his achievement Rich said: ‘Doing the charity shows is something I have never turned down, and I have played at countless cancer and hospice fund-raising gigs, and also for a charity called ‘Wiz Kidz’. I would have to say that was one of my most memorable. It is a fantastic charity which helps to raise money for specialised wheelchairs aiding children with severe disabilities. It was a wonderful gig, and at the end I donated 50 of my saxophone album CDs which sold in less than 10 minutes immediately raising over £500 for the charity!’

Rachel-Ann won the National contest Teenstar UK in 2015. She revealed to ABLE2UK last year how she was inspired to take part from her close relative. ‘Throughout my musical journey so far, I have been supported by my family and friends. Charley, my cousin, who is now 19 has cerebral palsy and is my biggest fan. We have always been very close as we grew up together. Charley loves to come busking with me and she always tries to attend all of my performances when she can. Charley is always happy and is an inspiration to me.’

For more information and how to enter the contest visit the Open Mic UK website.

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