Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson – The Finalists

By on Monday, 12th January 2009 at 6:33 pm
 

Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson - JudgesThe search for the U.K’s best unsigned artist is nearing its end this January as Channel 4’s hit show, Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson, ever approaches the anticipated live final in a couple of weeks time. Later this week Phil will be bringing you lucky readers interviews with the finalists of the show, but before that, let me give you a little background on the competition labelled ‘the indie X Factor’.

The show, which airs every Sunday at 12:30pm on Channel 4, is presented by tousle-haired XFMer Alex Zane and fittingly comes complete with a star-studded judging panel consisting of Blur bassist come cheese enthusiast, Alex James, DJ slash TV presenter, Lauren Laverne and record-label maestro Simon Gavin. Travelling the nation, the judges encountered tonnes of unsigned artists hoping to gain the Universal Records deal that is tastefully up for grabs – along with a nice £60,000 to boot. They saw the good, the bad and down right evil – but with a little help from the public they managed to nail it down to four artists – Bo Bruce, Hip Parade, Tommy Reilly and Toby Sebastian. The quartet will battle it out over the next couple of weeks alongside a lucky fifth act, Scarlet Harlots, who were revoted back into the show Sunday by us viewers (keeping up?).

So, to help you decide who you’ll be voting to put through to the grand finale on January 25th, let me give you a little background on the five artists left in the competition.

Bo Bruce (side)Bo Bruce

Don’t be fooled by Bo’s feisty front (she’s famously had a spat with judge Lauren Laverne on the show). The Wiltshire singer-songwriter contrastingly possesses an angelic voice, who’s folky pop has seen her gain a coveted place in the semi-final.

Hip ParadeHip Parade

Indie Glaswegian lads Hip Parade have already gained support slots with Revered and the Makers and Zane Lowe in their active 4 year career – but the band have yet to bag a record deal. They’ll be hoping to get just that, though, this January if you pick up the phone and vote for them this week!

Tommy Reilly (side)Tommy Reilly

Hip Parade aren’t the only Glasgow-based artist in the show this year – acoustic singer-songwriter Tommy Reilly also calls the Scottish city home. Reilly’s Bob Dylan influenced pop has certainly been a hit with the judges on the show – but what about you?

Toby SebastianToby Sebastian

Toby Sebastian could potentially win the prize for the youngest contender to ever have entered the competition at just 16 – but his acoustic soul has certainly got him far – to the semi-finals, infact. Certainly a brooding talent, Toby’s cites Damien Rice and Otis Redding as just two of his influences.

Scarlot HarlotsScarlet Harlots

Despite Lauren Laverne’s protests, Scarlet Harlots were eventually voted out of the competition by the judges a few weeks back. Sunday’s show, however, saw the experimental punk-pop troupe voted back in by a seemingly adoring public. Can Scarlet Harlots recreate last year’s wild card Envy and Other Sins’ win, and come back triumphant to take the title?

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[…] between three pretty great artists: Tommy Reilly, Hip Parade and Scarlet Harlots. Read our introduction to the show here, and then our interviews with Hip Parade and Scarlet Harlots to get a picture of what to expect. […]

[…] Bruce is a name a few of you might remember from earlier in the year when she was one of the stand-out characters on Orange UnsignedAct. Her emotionally exposed songs are fragile, haunting, and yet she has a power […]

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