left gasping as more than 1,000 hopefuls try for TV stardom
Wales presenter Owen Money has been left gasping by an incredible
response to auditions for his TV talent show Just Up Your Street
made by Cardiff-based independent company Alfresco.
series of auditions held in Rhyl, Pwllheli, Llanelli and Newport
attracted a total of more than 800 singers hoping to appear in next
year's series and more than 300 other hopefuls who could not attend
the auditions have sent in video tapes.
auditions have attracted potential TV stars ranging in age from
teenagers to pensioners. Proceedings at Newport were scheduled to
finish by 7.30pm but so many singers turned up that people were
still auditioning at midnight.
weren't only queuing just up your street, they went round the corner
and up the next street as well" said Owen.
response has been so overwhelming that further auditions have been
arranged for Tuesday 7 October at 10.00am at the BBC Wales Community
Bus at The Groe, Builth Wells and 5.30pm at the BBC Wales Community
Studio in Wrexham Library and Arts Centre.
following day, Wednesday 8 October, there will be auditions at 10.00am
at the BBC Wales Community Bus at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod
auditions are open to anyone over the age of sixteen.
performance should be less than a minute long and contestants are
asked to bring a copy of a recent photograph with them.
love people to just turn up and sing," said Owen. "You
can choose any song you like, and if you don't know what to sing
or you'd like to practice to a backing track, just log on to the
Just Up Your Street website for a few suggestions."
who can't make it to one of Owen's auditions can send a VHS tape
to Just Up Your Street, BBC Wales, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ.
hundreds of TV wannabees are hoping to emulate the 2003 winner of
Just Up Your Street, 22-year-old Annmarie Riley of Haverfordwest.
winning the talent show in February she has been recording a TV
showcase, to be broadcast on BBC TWO Wales in the New Year, and
has been preparing an album with top record producer Nigel Wright
who has worked with artists including Barbra Streisand, Madonna,
Boyzone, Take That and Cliff Richard.
Money's talent show hits the road (09.09.03)
information is available on www.bbc.co.uk/justupyourstreet
or by phoning the BBC Wales information centre on 08700 100775.
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