SINGERS from around the YLP area have turned out in force in their bid for TV fame.

Hundreds of wannabe pop stars waited patiently in a pen to audition for the chance to appear before Simon Cowell and the judges on the hit Saturday night show X Factor.

Sandles car salesman Joshua Kay turned out to perform the Niall Horran song This Town.

Joshua, 23, from Snettisham, said: “I have done a couple of gigs and school concerts.

“It’s obviously something I’ve wanted to do on the side, but have turned up to see where it goes. I am slightly nervous, but excited.”

Joshua has already played gigs at he Ancient Mariner and The Lodge in Hunstanton and has sung some Oasis and Jake Bugg on guitar, but is now largely a vocal artist. He was pretty pleased with his performance, but will not hear if he gets through to the main audition in London until July 17.

Sixth form King Edward VII Academy student, Sharlene Jones, will also have to wait after belting out Wherever You Will Go by Charlene Soraia.

Sharlene, 17, of St Germans, who has performed at Angles Theatre, Wisbech, said: “I am a little nervous, but I won’t complain if I don’t get in. I’ve sung songs in a couple of concerts and also carol sing. I have singing lessons and my teacher told me to come and have a go, so here I am.”

Private English tutor, Aby Scamell, was ushered in to sing Ain’t It Fun by Paramore.

Mum Aby, 26, of Reffley, who has son Alfie, two, with husband Mark, said: “I’m shaking like crazy and it’s not from the cold.

“I do sing, but I’ve only done one performance in front of my school eight years ago.

“You could say I’ve had a lot of time to improve.”

Mum, Michelle Thornley, 23, of King’s Lynn sang Adele’s Make You Feel My Love.

She said: “People keep saying I am a good singer so here I am.

“I thought I did alright, but you never know.”

Duff Morgan customer service advisor, Lucy Martin, 26, got through two rounds of auditions eight years ago – and also came second in West Norfolk’s Got Talent – but didn’t make it on to TV and was back for more.

She said: “Last time they told me I didn’t have the right look, so I’m giving it another go.”

The auditions were held in the Vancouver Quarter’s New Conduit Street by the show’s talent scouts Toyah Dann and Michael Greene.

Toyah said: “We talk to the participants to find out why they want to sing, but it has to be the whole package, an entertainment, the X factor. These auditions are a filter to stop thousands turning up at the main ones before the live shows. There’s been a real mix of talent.”

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