The glamour and glitz of ITV’s X Factor is set to grip Peterborough as the hit talent show rolls into the city for the first time ever.
And the search for the singing sensations of the future is going on today (Wednesday, April 1) with the X Factor mobile audition Pod at the Key Theatre, Embankment Road, from 9am to 6pm.
Peterborough hopefuls turned up bright and early as they sought their chance to make it on to the live auditions.
An X Factor spokesman said: “We will be holding open auditions where anyone over the age of 16 can come down and sing in front of our casting team.
“Anyone under the age of 18 must bring a parent or legal guardian with them and valid ID.”
Acts are advised to turn up early.
“On the Mobile Audition tour we audition on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to turn up early to grab a slot.
“All budding hopefuls need to do is turn up. If they impress The X Factor team with their vocals, they will then be in with a chance of auditioning in front of the X Factor judges when the judges’ auditions take place in summer.
He added: “We’ve had lots of speculation from people thinking this is not a real visit as we are coming on April Fools’ Day, however it’s 100 per cent legitimate.
“We’re hoping to find some amazing talent in Peterborough and would love anyone and everyone to come down and audition.”
If you think you have the potential to be a world-class star, this is your chance to prove it.Simon Cowell
Thames TV also sent X Factor talent scouts to a special one-off TWF Open Mic Night at the Solstice Bar, in Northminster, on Tuesday evening (March 31) to search for artists for the hit show.
The talent scouts were in attendance from 7pm to 11pm with the doors opening at 6pm.
Artists were required to perform two live songs.
Organiser Mark Ringer said: “Thames TV production team will be filming acts on this evening for their use either in the X Factor programme itself, or for selection purposes.”
The X Factor creator Simon Cowell said: “The X Factor is coming back and, if you think you have the potential to be a world-class star, this is your chance to prove it.
“You really could be the next pop superstar.”
It is the first time the show, which attracts nearly eight million TV viewers a week, has brought its auditions to Peterborough.
The visit is part of the show’s biggest audition tour taking in 50 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland and organisers hope as many people as possible will put their talents to the test.
Fear not, though, if you have any doubts about whether to take up the chance to make a bid for stardom.
Peterborough has an impressive track record of reality show contestants who have done very well.
Perhaps the best known is Aston Merrygold, who as one quarter of boy band JLS, finished second in the 2008 X Factor.
The band promptly shot to worldwide fame, sold three million records and even performed at the Queen’s jubilee.