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Owen left gasping as more than 1,000 hopefuls try for TV stardom

BBC 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.

A 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.

The 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.

"They weren't only queuing just up your street, they went round the corner and up the next street as well" said Owen.

The 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.

The following day, Wednesday 8 October, there will be auditions at 10.00am at the BBC Wales Community Bus at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.

The auditions are open to anyone over the age of sixteen.

Their performance should be less than a minute long and contestants are asked to bring a copy of a recent photograph with them.

"I'd 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."

Contestants 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.

The hundreds of TV wannabees are hoping to emulate the 2003 winner of Just Up Your Street, 22-year-old Annmarie Riley of Haverfordwest.

Since 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.

Notes to Editors

Owen Money's talent show hits the road (09.09.03)

More information is available on or by phoning the BBC Wales information centre on 08700 100775.

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