Voting now open for Falkirk Herald Voice 2012

Kirsty McGuckin was the winner of Voice 2010
Kirsty McGuckin was the winner of Voice 2010

Voting is now open to find out who will be the finalists in this year’s Falkirk Herald Voice competition.

The BBC might have stolen the name, but our competition stage is definitely the one to be seen on this spring.

All 16 entries have now been uploaded onto the website - www.voicecompetition.co.uk - and you can listen to all of the contestants there.

Once you have found your favourite, make a note of their name and voting number, fill in the coupon below and send it back to us at the address below.

The 10 contestants with the most votes will be invited to perform at our grand final in City Nightclub on Sunday, May 20.

There, a panel of judges will have the tough task of choosing the winner.

The final is a family event and is open to all ages - details of tickets will be available in the next few weeks.

Sponsored by McDonald’s, this is now the sixth year of the competition.

Chris Judge, who runs vocal coaching school VoiceJam, will record the top three singers as part of the prize and also acts as a mentor to all 10 of the final contestants.

He said: “It’s a great family and community event. It’s a place for people who don’t want to take part in a national competition to have the chance to perform.

“With a competition like this, you never know what talent you are going to find.

“Like the TV show, the judges won’t be listening with their eyes, they’ll be listening with their ears.”

Prior to the final, Chris plans to hold a workshop for the top 10 to help boost their confidence.

Chris said: “We want to make sure that people enjoy the experience and grow from it.

“The workshop lets the contestants meet each other before the final and it takes the competition out of it to an extent.

“It’s about helping them to stop being nervous and instead just think about putting on a good show.”

As well as working with a number of former Voice finalists, Chris has been coaching a number of professional performers.

He said: “I’m doing lots of work with a record company in Glasgow, who are bringing new acts to the market.

“I love teaching children’s classes and absolute beginners but I like that I am still able to work with professionals with record deals and help them to put their show together.

“It’s like Bootcamp on ‘X Factor’, but without the cameras!

“It’s amazing the number of people I have coming through the door in Grangemouth!”

As well as the chance to record a three-track CD with Chris, our winner will also receive £250 cash.

The second placed contestant will record a two track CD and receive £100 cash, while the third placed singer will win £50 and record a one track CD with Chris.

To make sure your favourite is in line to win these prizes, send in your votes soon!

You can send in as many votes as you want and more than one vote can be put in each envelope. Only original votes will be accepted - no photocopies.

Voting totals will be updated at regular intervals on the website.

Votes should be sent Voice Voting, The Falkirk Herald, Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX.

Alternatively they can be handed into our office at 10 Manor Street, Falkirk.