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The top singers in last year's Voice - who will take the crown in 2012?

The top singers in last year's Voice - who will take the crown in 2012?

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The Falkirk Herald has launched it’s annual search to find the district’s top singing star.

The Voice of 2012 competition kicks off this week - and you could be just the singer we’re looking for!

Now in its sixth year, our prestigious competition is once again sponsored by McDonald’s.

Last year’s winner, schoolboy Colet Selwyn, brought the house down with his performance of ‘Happy Rhythm’.

Our winning performer will receive £250 cash and the opportunity to record a three-track CD with singing school VoiceJam.

The runner-up will collect £100 and will record a two-track CD, while the third-placed contestant will land £50 and record a single-track CD.

Once entries have been received, they will be uploaded onto our website, where the public will be able to listen to them and decide on their favourite.

In a few weeks’ time, voting will open and you will be able to back your favourite via a coupon in the paper.

The 10 acts with the most votes will be invited to perform in front of a panel of judges at our grand final which will take place at City Nightclub on Sunday, May 20.

Chris Judge, who runs vocal coaching school VoiceJam is delighted to be one of our sponsors once again.

He said: “I am so excited that it is Voice time of year again.

“The Voice is a great community event and I would encourage everyone to enter.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for people to get to perform on a great stage.

“We have discovered so much talent over the past few years - I can’t wait to hear what this year’s finalists will have to offer!”

Entries can be made online via our website at www.voicecompetition.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can enter by post – send a CD of you singing to a backing track, along with a recent photograph and details of yourself (date of birth, address, contact telephone number, e-mail and musical interests and influences), to: The Voice Competition, The Falkirk Herald, Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX – or e-mail an mp3 of your track, along with photograph and details as above, to thevoice@falkirkherald.co.uk.

A few weeks before the final, the voting lines will open and you will be able to cast your vote via a coupon printed in the Falkirk Herald.

We can only accept tracks in mp3 format. It doesn’t have to be a professional recording - they can even be made on a mobile phone. Entries from groups are allowed but will be judged on voices not music.

Once entries have been uploaded to our website, it will not be possible to withdraw from the competition.

The competition is open to all ages.