Nelson gets the X Factor

20:05, Nov 14 2012
X factor
ON THE HUNT: Chris Rene (from X Factor USA), left, and judge Stan Walker at launch of the X Factor New Zealand in Auckland.

The X Factor is coming to Nelson to unearth talent for the first New Zealand version of the television music competition.

The pre-audition tour starts in Queenstown on January 5, and traverses 27 locations, finishing in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day.

The crew will be in Nelson on January 15, and successful contestants will then be invited to perform in front of four judges and a live audience.

The show series will screen on TV3, and the winning contestant will sign a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand.

The X Factor NZ co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman said the auditions, for anyone aged 14 and over, were the "opportunity of a lifetime".

Australian-based multi-platinum recording artist Stan Walker, the first judge to be announced for The X Factor NZ, said he was looking forward to seeing what Kiwis had to offer.

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

"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 Nelson Mail