Hopefuls seek X-factor

Last updated 12:18 12/01/2013
Hundreds of X-factor New Zealand hopefuls started to queue at teh Addington Race way from 8am this morning for pre-auditions.
Don Scott
Hundreds of X-factor New Zealand hopefuls started to queue at teh Addington Race way from 8am this morning for pre-auditions.
Francesca Lee took her chair and hat ready for the long haul as she waited her turn for the X-Factor New Zealand pre-auditions taking place at Addington raceway, Christchurch.
Don Scott
Francesca Lee took her chair and hat ready for the long haul as she waited her turn for the X-Factor New Zealand pre-auditions taking place at Addington raceway, Christchurch.

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The juggernaut that is the X-Factor rolled into Christchurch today with hundreds of fame seeking, wanna-be singers starting to queue from 8am.

Press reporter Francesca Lee was among them, happy to wait as "long as it took" to pitch her singing skills to the judges in these pre-audition rounds.

She'll be singing the Florence and the Machines hit, Howling, and says hopefully she'll do well.

"I've been taking singing lessons for a month, but really I've got no idea what to expect. The last time I performed in front of an audience was when I was nine in a piano competition and I forgot every note I was supposed to play."

The X Factor NZ will travel to 27 locations through the county early next year to find contestants for the first local version of the global television phenomenon.

Co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman said the show is "looking for the next big recording star."

"If that's you and you're a singer, aged 14 and over as of January 2013, you should be performing at one of our pre-auditions early next year. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, and I encourage you to start preparing now."

Contestants who are successful at the pre-auditions will then perform in front of the four judges and a live audience.

Multi-platinum recording artist Stan Walker, the first judge for The X Factor NZ to be announced, says he's looking forward to seeing what Kiwis have to offer.

"I know New Zealand is full of amazing people and singers that just need a chance to show how great they are," he says.

"I want to encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes, but is too scared to give it a try, to get up and give it a go. You've got nothing to lose."

The auditions are being held today and tomorrow at the Addington Race course.

You can read how Francesca's audition went in tomorrow's Sunday-Star Times.

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