Auditions for The Voice come to Banbury

MHBG 01-03-12 The Mill Arts Centre GV NNL-150209-120944001
MHBG 01-03-12 The Mill Arts Centre GV NNL-150209-120944001

Thirty hopefuls will battle with their nerves on Friday as they vie for a place in the spotlight on The Voice.

Producers for the former BBC hit TV show, now taken over by ITV, are at The Mill to see if Banbury really does have prime time talent.

And 30 brave singers and vocal performers from the area will do their best to impress the team in front of the cameras.

Audition compiler Sarah Methuen, head of performing arts at Banbury and Bicester College, said: “My students are going to be hosting the day to see what it takes to organise such an event- and to see how it could change lives.

“They will me meeting and greeting and registering the acts, all of whom have applied and been given audition spots by email. Apart from five slots we are full,” she said.

Vocalists have to be over 16 by October 1 and can appear as solo singers, duos or groups although each has to prepare an a capella song. Everyone, including musicians, has to sing.

“We have parents and children, but each will sing independently,” said Ms Methuen.

“Each singer has a ten minute slot in which they’ll have a short interview and time to sing their song.”

Performances will be filmed by a cameraman for sifting back at ITV HQ. Successful candidates will be contacted.