In line for a shot at fame
The chance of securing his "dream job" - and being the first winner of The X Factor New Zealand - saw Johnnie Kapua lining up patiently for several hours yesterday.
About 500 Wellington singers gathered for the initial round of auditions at Wellington High School.
The TV3 rival to New Zealand's Got Talent is running pre-auditions, where aspiring singers aged over 14 perform in front of the executive producers, to see who will meet the judges and get on TV.
People began lining up at 6.30am and by 10am the queue had already stretched to 450 metres.
Arriving then, Kapua was "surprised" to find the line so long, but he was prepared to wait as long as it took.
The telemarketer from Upper Hutt spent his time in the queue singing - "trying to let all the nerves out".
He was leaning towards singing a church song, My Real Hero, for the judges and he hoped the combination of his faith, passion for music and voice would be enough of an X-factor to see him go in front of the judges in the next audition round.
"Singing in front of Stan Walker would be a little intimidating though."
Kapua must have hit the right notes as he got a callback from the producers.
"They said I have a nice voice - really mellow, really smooth."
Moira Jones, a 20-year-old student at the neighbouring New Zealand School of Music, hoped her secret weapon - a ukulele - would help her "change it up" at the audition.
She was nervous a day or two before, but said her jitters had faded by yesterday.
She had chosen an unconventional song, Billie Holiday's Don't Explain, but had a few pop songs, by artists like Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys, as a backup.
She was allowed to sing only one song in the audition and was told the show was looking for "a little bit more".
The Dominion Post