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X Factor lures local hopefuls

DENISE PIPER
Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013
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DENISE PIPER

WET WAIT: Supporters Hannah Nelson, left, and Rowland Ambler, singer Johanna Ambler, father Paul Ambler and singer Andy Volkner wait in the rain at the The X Factor NZ pre-audition.

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DENISE PIPER
SINGING FOR SUPPER: Karam David from Mangawhai is hopeful his version of Let Her Cry by Hootie & the Blowfish will impress the X Factor executive producers.

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Rain, a long wait and a dragon's den of judges did not stop hundreds of hopeful singers from auditioning for TV3's The X Factor NZ.

The pre-auditions were held in Whangarei on February 4 with more than 170 singers showing off their voices and musical talent in the hope of becoming New Zealand's next big recording artist.

The event was not recorded for television but those with enough x-factor to impress the four executive producers will be invited to audition in front of a live audience and the television cameras in Auckland, says publicist Rose Swale.

"It would take months to audition everyone, so we have pre-auditions to get the cream of the crop."

Singers lined up, some with guitar in hand, from 6am and the auditions were still going well past the 3pm scheduled closing time.

Paul Ambler drove his 17-year-old daughter Johanna down from Waimamaku so she could sing her original music. While she was nervous, Dad was full of faith.

"We sing together sometimes but she's the one who wanted to come. She's been singing by herself for a while now and writing her own songs."

Andy Volkner queued for about four hours to sing his blues-style music and admits he is disheartened to get a "no" from the judges.

"I'm a bit disappointed but it doesn't stop you - nothing ventured, nothing gained," he says.

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- Whangarei Leader

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