Celebrities judge The Mercury Mall's Summer of Sound competition
PUBLISHED: 13:14 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:05 17 May 2016
Celebrity guests judged the first round this year's Summer of Sound competition which offers contestants the chance to sing live at major public events and record a single.
This weekend more than 30 competitors took to the stage at The Mercury Mall, Romford, and performed in front of large crowds in the hope of securing a place in the next round.
There were some familiar faces on the judging panel including Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Jasmine Elcock and The Voice contestants Lyrikal and Collier Row girl Lydia Lucy who is rumoured to have joined rapper Will.i.am in the Black Eyed Peas.
Last year’s winner Lucy Lombard also made a special appearance on the judging panel.
Since winning last year’s competition Lucy has performed at the Havering Show, Romford’s Christmas light switch on and the Royal Albert Hall.
Contestants gave their all singing songs including a medley of Meghan Trainor hits to Loreen, the 2012 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Prizes for the winner of the Summer of Sound include major public appearances, vocal coaching, the chance to record their own music videos and a CD as well as a possible contract.
There may also be an opportunity to write and perform the title song for a movie,
The event was organised by Spencer Hawken of The Mercury Mall with help from staff at Quadrant Arcade’s Made Public.
Spencer said: “About eight times I turned around to the others and said, I think we have a winner here and then seconds later were blown away by someone else.
“We had metal, we had dance, rappers, guitarists, dance numbers and ballad singers. It was an outstanding weekend of phenomenal talent with at least a dozen performers you’d by the albums of in a heartbeat.”