Fame-hungry Nelsonians queued up in rainy conditions outside the Nelson School of Music yesterday in the hopes of making it into the big time, as the X-Factor NZ juggernaut rolled into town.
Today locals could take part in pre-auditions running from 10am to 5pm, with hopefuls singing a capella or with their own guitar and performing for the show's executive producers.
Alice-Louise Barker, 21, of Christchurch was the first to arrive this morning, lining up at 7:50am.
She said she had entered because she loved music and wanted to take it on as a career.
"I love speaking through music to people. I wanted to spread it to a wider audience."
She would be singing Titanium, by David Guetta and Sia.
Further down the queue of hopefuls, Aeron John, 16, of Stoke, and Waru Pikia-Slade, 15, of Nelson, were shivering under their umbrella as they waited for the doors to open.
Waru would be singing Rod Stewart's I Don't Want to Talk About It, while Aeron was opting for Kass Haley's Easy.
Waru said the wait was a bit nerve-racking, especially as it was his first time entering such a competition.
The Kiwi version of the show, based on the popular US and British talent programme created by Simon Cowell, will air on TV3 this year.
Singers Stan Walker and Daniel Beddingfield have been confirmed as judges, with more yet to be announced.
Those who make it to the next stage will audition in front of the judges and a live studio audience in late February.
- The Nelson Mail
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