Talent with the x-factor?

PIERS FULLER
Last updated 12:02 23/01/2013

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Wairarapa's got talent, but do we have anyone with the X factor?

The hit international talent show is now auditioning singers around the country and this Tuesday morning would-be contestants were lining up outside Masterton Town Hall for their shot at the big time.

The X Factor New Zealand is holding pre-auditions from January 4 to February 6.

These tryouts are not being filmed, but the finalists for the televised auditions will go through to perform in Auckland later next month.

TV3 publicist Rose Swale says the response around the country has been fantastic with people queued up at each of the pre- audition locations from Queenstown to Kaitaia.

"We want anyone who thinks they have the X factor to come and audition," she says.

The Wairarapa singers were trying out from 9.30am on Tuesday until 3pm. The TV3 crew then took off to Napier and Hastings for the next round of pre-auditions the following day.

The show will be hosted by Dominic Bowden and has Kiwi- born UK pop sensation Daniel Bedingfield with Australian Idol winner Stan Walker on what will be a four-person judging panel.

St Matthew's Collegiate student Laura Cheetham was among the hopefuls queued outside the Masterton Town Hall on Tuesday morning.

The budding singer- songwriter was ready to perform the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah. She was a little nervous waiting in line and bound to get more nervous once she gets in the audition room, but once she started singing the nerves would disappear. She is aiming for a spot in the auditions proper next month.

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