Singing hopefuls have 'nothing to lose'

ON THE ROAD: Stan Walker will perform 23 shows across New Zealand on his latest tour.
ON THE ROAD: Stan Walker will perform 23 shows across New Zealand on his latest tour.

Performers hoping to follow in the footsteps of Cantabrian artists Bic Runga, Anika Moa, Hayley Westenra and The Feelers will get their chance when auditions for X Factor New Zealand hits town. 

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.

Starting in Queenstown on January 5, and finishing in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day, the pre-audition tour is the first stage of The X Factor NZ process.

Christchurch hopefuls will get the chance to earn a spot on the show on January 12 and 13, 2012, at Addington Racecourse. 

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."

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