Birdcage prepares to hold X-Factor auditions

X - Factor hopefuls waiting for their big moment in auditions at Epic, Magdalen Street. Photo: Steve

X - Factor hopefuls waiting for their big moment in auditions at Epic, Magdalen Street. Photo: Steve Adams

TV scouts are to visit a Norwich pub to search for the next big singer to feature on this year's X-Factor.

Talented singers will be hoping to get their big break when the Birdcage plays host to X-Factor auditions on Sunday, April 5.

Those that impress will be fast-tracked to perform at auditions in front of the judges on a later date.

Lauren Gregory, owner of the Birdcage, in Pottergate, said: 'We are only able to hold nominations for up to 70 people, so it is essential people get their name down quickly so they don't miss what could be a golden opportunity.

'Everybody will be given five minutes to impress the judges, and it is a nice feeling that ITV got in touch with us and wanted to hold their auditions here on our open mic night.

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'It is a great place for them to come and see some fresh new talent and we've seen people come here for open mic nights in the past who have a really good voice and could do quite well.

'It will be a very exciting lovely evening and hopefully we will see the start of the winner's path in the Birdcage.'

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Several singers from Norfolk have proved a hit in competitions such as this, with Ronan Parke, from Poringland, placing second in the Britain's Got Talent final in 2011 and Sam Kelly, from Spixworth, reaching the final a year later.

People must be 16 or over to apply and the event will run at the Birdcage between 7 and 11pm. Spots are limited so to guarantee an audition email

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