Video: X Factor mobile auditions in Dudley

Are you the next big thing? Do you have what it takes to sell out an arena? We checked auditions when they came to Dudley.

More than 100 hopefuls flocked to find out if they have what it takes to impress the likes of Simon Cowell and co.

While usually staged in big arenas, this year the auditions have gone on the road as show bosses scour the country for singing talent.

They arrived in Dudley yesterday and were today at Wolverhampton’s Mander Centre to see if the Black Country is harbouring the next Liam Payne or Sam Bailey, and Native Monster went along to meet those auditioning.

Singers and musicians waited in the rain for hours outside Dudley Town Hall to get their chance to impress.

Queues started forming at around 7.30am, despite auditions not getting under way until noon. The first round of auditions were not filmed but singers who impressed in Dudley were today auditioning for a second time at Birmingham City’s ground, St Andrews. 

In previous years singers have faced up to five elimination rounds before they get to sing in front of Simon Cowell, who is this year joined by Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. The fourth judge is yet to be revealed. 

Among those hoping to get through and sing in front of the celebrity judges later this summer was first in line James Davies, aged 20.  

The hopeful sang Angels by Robbie Williams but failed to get through to the second round.  James, who lives in Dudley, spent five hours waiting for his 30 second slot and before his audition said: “I started singing properly about five months ago but have been singing since I was little.” Second in line hoping to wow the judges was Holly Wright, of Forest Drive, in Old Hill.

At just 14, the teenager was only just old enough to take part.  

She said: “When they lowered the age I thought why not. I have been singing for four years.” The pupil at St Michael’s in Rowley Regis sang Clown by Emeli Sandé but did not make it to the next stage.

 James Wythes, 20, from Old Hill, got through to the next round of auditions today.

The 65 -year -old has auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent three times but it was the first time the pensioner had tried for the X Factor.

After more than two hours in the rain, there were smiles all round for three female solo singers who each got a yes. 

Kimberley Massey, 28, from Corporation Road, in Dudley, was asked back after her version of Misery by Pink. 

She said: “I have auditioned seven times and have got through to the second round every time but I am yet to meet the judges. 

“I think it is five rounds before you sing in front of them. I really hope I can make it this year.” 

Catherine Owen, 28, from Brierley Hill,  was also given the green light to go one step closer to the judges, after singing Respect. It was her first time auditioning and she said: “I was very nervous, but also very excited.”

Mother-of-one Clare Hall from Dudley was also put through. 

The 25-year-old said: “I really enjoyed my audition; I felt confident which is unusual for me because I do get nervous. I am really excited for the next stage.” 

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