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Plymouth hosts auditions for The X Factor - will you be taking part?

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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Feeling brave? Think your voice is good enough for a number one slot this Christmas? Then now is your chance to audition for the X-Factor.

Plymouth is hosting the second of nine stops on the main open audition tour with auditions being held in 43 cities and towns this year - more than ever before.

Hopefulls can perform at the Holiday Inn on Armada Way from 9am today in front of the show's producers, rather than the judges.

Michael Collings, 21, who used to live in a caravan in Cornwall but now lives in Plymouth, came fifth in the final round of Britain's Got Talent in 2011.

While still working in a computer shop in Plymouth he has been pursued his passion for music and last month performed for 15,000 people at the opening of a Warrington Wolves rugby match.

When asked about his experience as a talent show finalist, said: “Being on BGT was a great experience in many ways – it gave me a chance to release Fast Car as a single and also then to work on my own songs.

“I get a few calls a month asking me to perform at weddings or events around the country. It’s not enough to give up work for but I enjoy the fact that people can get to hear me play live.

“Two weeks ago I met up with my manager and Stephen Mulhern and recorded the opening sequence for the new Britain’s Got More Talent at Brixton Academy and filmed a little YouTube clip of Fast Car in the empty academy.

“I'd say to anyone entering keep your feet on the ground and you'll be fine.”

Gemma Prowse, a 31-year-old commercial property consultant from Stoke, has auditioned for the X Factor twice in the past and still performs all over Plymouth in pubs and clubs.

“I auditioned twice. Three or four years ago was the last time at Cardiff Millennium Stadium,” said Gemma.

“I’d been told by quite a few people that I should apply. I got through to the fifth round and still wasn’t in front of the judges.”

When asked whether she might audition again in the future, Gemma said: “I wouldn’t rule it out. People keep telling me to go for it again.

“I think I started singing before I could speak, I’ve been singing all my life.”

The main open audition tour will visit Dublin, Plymouth, Cardiff, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool.

The smaller mobile audition tour will visit another 34 locations, including the Great Western Hotel in Newquay and the Guildhall Shopping Centre in Exeter.

The General Manager of Holiday Inn, Plymouth, said: “We are looking forward to it. It’s fabulous.

“Last week we had the SMTV people down with the supercomputer for Ant and Dec. This week is definitely putting Plymouth on the map.”

This year, Simon Cowell has lowered the age limit to 14-years-old in the hope of finding young talent like One Direction.

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