X-Factor auditions come to Norwich

Birdcage Open Mic night performers taking on the added challenge of the X-Factor.Lisa Boyle waiting

Birdcage Open Mic night performers taking on the added challenge of the X-Factor.Lisa Boyle waiting in the bar for her slot. Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The search to find the next pop superstar came to Norwich as the X Factor auditions rolled into the city.

TV scouts visited the Birdcage, in Pottergate yesterday, where auditions were held for up to 70 people to take part.

The talented hopefuls will be looking to follow in the footsteps of past winners which include Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.

Chris Krisheler, 29, from Norwich brought his guitar along to the auditions in which he planned to sing John Mayer's In Your Atmosphere.

He said: 'I have been playing the guitar for 22 years, I like to sing indie and blues style of music and like to write my own songs.'

Lisa Boyle, 27, from Dereham also came with a guitar and planned to sing What's Up by the 4 Non Blondes.

She said: 'I always try to get involved and do as much singing as I can whether it is at weddings or local gigs. I have a young daughter so I have never really had the time until now to audition.'

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Warren Polydorou, 49, was stepping up for his third attempt at auditioning for the show after doing so last year as well as back in 2007.

He said: 'I've got past the first stage both of the last two times and I am hoping that this can be the year I can get even further.'

Liam Linge, 21, of Norwich, who was to perform Elastic Heart by Sia, said: 'I've been rushing the last eight hours to get ready for this.

'Music is such a big hobby of mine and fingers crossed I will be able to get through.'

Those that did impress the ITV scouts yesterday will be asked to take part in the next stage of auditions on a later date.

Are you going to appear on a TV show? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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