BRITAIN’S biggest national singing competition is coming to Bournemouth to find the greatest undiscovered talent to be crowned Best On The Mic 2013.

The Open Mic UK auditions are expected to attract more than 12,000 talented hopefuls from a variety of different genres with a main prize of £5,000.

Singer-songwriters, rappers, dynamic duos and vocal groups can compete in the first round on Sunday September 15 at Pavilion Dance on Westover Road.

Artists who make it through the first audition will go on to perform in a live showcase at Bournemouth Pier Theatre in front of an audience and judging panel on October 20.

The winning act at the national final will be crowned in front of a packed crowd at the O2 in London with the potential to be launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

Singer-songwriters, rappers and vocal groups are all welcome to perform either covers or original material in front of a music industry judging panel.

Director of Hot Radio, Claire Edwards, Head of Future Music Chris Grayston, talent scout Ron Sheppard and Capital FM producer Jon Hornbuckle are just some of the confirmed judges.

Head Judge Dave Payne said: “We are looking for all different types of acts, but mainly for people with a real passion and those who believe in themselves.

“Some people audition who are very experienced and almost completely polished, but then there are those with raw passion who can be taught to perform visually.” The singing competition is being brought to Bournemouth by Future Music who are responsible for successful acts including Birdy, Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas.

There are three separate categories, under 16s, 16 to 20 and over 21s.