Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

E Citement as a Star Turns to Search for Teesside

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

E Citement as a Star Turns to Search for Teesside

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES

WITH the news that an audition bus is heading to Teesside, Middlesbrough is bracing itself to be bitten by the X Factor bug.

There's been widespread excitement since it was revealed yesterday that the ITV talent show was coming to town.

Auditions for singers to take part in this year's show will be held from noon until 5pm on Sunday, May 6, in a mobile audition booth at a yet to be confirmed venue.

And with a number of success stories coming from the region, X Factor fever is expected to sweep the town.

From last year's finalist Amelia Lily who is currently touring nationwide as part of the X Factor tour, to Journey South, Teesside has a proven record for providing sensational singers for the show.

One such singer is Scott James who stunned judge Danni Minogue with a blow-away performance of You Raise Me Up, when he auditioned in 2009.

And the 24-year-old from Stockton who made it through to the final 50 of the show said it was "brilliant" that the audition van was heading to Middlesbrough.

Scott who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as a teenager said: "The X Factor has helped my career. I don't think I would have got as much reach as I have now without the show.

"I've met lots of wonderful people because of it and released a charity single."

Scott, who failed to reach the final 24, said by being able to audition on their home turf it might make the audition process less "nerve wracking" for Teessiders. And he urged people to have a go.

The former Stockton Riverside College student, who is currently working on some original tracks, said: "If people are umming and ahhing about whether they should do it, I'd tell them just do it. Have a bit of fun. The worst thing they can say is no and to go and get more experience. It's hard to tell what they are looking for but who knows? You might be the next big thing!" Hannah Norman, who failed to make it through after she auditioned at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena in March, said she was "excited" to hear that the audition van was coming to town.

And the 17-year-old student says she's now "seriously thinking" about taking part in the auditions. …

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