Hundreds of bedroom divas and undiscovered popstars will sing their hearts out at pre-auditions of The X Factor NZ in Hamilton today.
The competition, which is open to singers aged 14 and older and promises a recording contract with Sony Music as a first prize, is the first New Zealand version of the international television hit.
The Hamilton auditions, which will be at the The Meteor Room, follow successful stops in Rotorua and Taupo over the long weekend, while potential stars in the Coromandel will be able to perform before judges at Tairua on Wednesday.
For 29-year-old Hamilton mother Helen Bull, the competition is an opportunity to push herself to do something she loves. "I've come from a long line of singers that were always to scared to push themselves to go a long way, so I want to be the one that gets there," she said.
"Again for my kids as well, I'd love to be that one that made it. So its not just for myself, but I'd love to inspire them to go a long way as well."
The 27-stop national tour is the first stage of the competition, with those that impress given the chance to perform in front of the four judges and a live audience.
Mediaworks publicist Rose Swale said people have been coming out in droves to audition. Yesterday, more than 100 contestants had arrived to audition in Taupo by 11am.
"We're actually blown away by how many people are auditioning. We have been arriving at really small towns and there's been a queue of people waiting since seven in the morning."
Auditions are taking place at The Meteor Room, Level 1, 1 Victoria St, Hamilton West between 10am and 5pm.
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