Singing competition with a £1000 prize pot hopes to unearth Paisley’s best voices

A new karaoke competition is aiming to uncover the hidden talent in Paisley – with a £1000 prize pot up for grabs.

Professional singer Laura Baird, who performs under Laura B Music, will be hosting the karaoke competition at The Ugly Duck on Paisley’s High Street.

After spotting the success of similar karaoke competitions in Glasgow, Laura together with two friends, decided to bring it to Paisley.

The competition will kick off on Thursday, November 7 and will run every week run till the grand final on December 16.

Each round will see 10 singers perform two songs each. Five singers from each of the four rounds will go through to the semi-finals and the final will have 10 singers.

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The top three will then split the prize money with the winner taking the biggest share.

Laura said she’s confident the competition will go down a treat with Paisley punters.

She said: “I think it’s a great opportunity to bring a successful competition like this to Paisley. Coming up to Christmas it will be a great amount to win.

“We’ve had some great entries so far so we’re looking forward to getting started.

“We want people to bring their fans and supporters along with them on the night. “

A judging panel will be in place for the two semi-finals and the grand final.

Craig Bickett, owner of The Ugly Duck, said he and his staff were looking forward to the competition, especially after the hospitality trade was so badly hit by covid lockdowns.

He said: “It’s been great to welcome people back into the pub after being shut for such a long time.

“The pub has such a great atmosphere during our popular karaoke events and it’s always great to see how much talent there is in Paisley.

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“We’re hoping the competition will attract even more talent.”

Daily Record – Paisley