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BRITAIN’S biggest singing competition will visit Bournemouth next month as hundreds of hopefuls find out if they’ve got the X Factor.

Although Simon Cowell is unlikely to make it for the early auditions, producers from the globally famous show will be on-hand to select the best the county has to offer.

Even if the date is more traditionally associated with pranks and gags, the owner of the Obscura Cafe in the Square – where singers will vie for a place – says the joke’s on anyone who misses out.

“It’s going to take place on April Fool’s Day,” Grant Rayner said.

“We’re just not sure what to expect at the moment. There could be queues of people out of the door, or it might be quiet, but we’re hoping that as many as possible come along.”

The hit show, now in its 11th series, aims to find the newest singing sensation from the UK.

Last year’s winner is former prison officer Sam Bailey, who released her debut single – a cover of Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper – after being crowned the victor. The single immediately charted at number one.

Mr Rayner said: “For a show as big as this to hold mobile auditions in Bournemouth is just fantastic.

“Previously, anyone from the area who wanted to take part had to travel quite some distance away to join huge queues. This is going to be so much more intimate.”

He added: “It would be wonderful to have a Bournemouth auditionee make it to the final.” Open auditions will take place in the cafe from 10am until 3pm – or 4.30pm for those in full-time education – on Tuesday, April 1.

Anyone wishing to take part must be aged 16 or over, and can turn up on the day.

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7:29am Fri 28 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

What's the point in auditioning ,the general public are only there to make up the numbers ,the final twelve are all ready pre selected this show is scripted from the second the auditions start until the moment the winner is announced all it is ,is a cash cow for a certain simon cowell
What's the point in auditioning ,the general public are only there to make up the numbers ,the final twelve are all ready pre selected this show is scripted from the second the auditions start until the moment the winner is announced all it is ,is a cash cow for a certain simon cowell alasdair1967
  • Score: 14

7:32am Fri 28 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

Having read the story in full why are the auditions at this establishment limited to only those in full time education ? Does not bear true to the shows audition process and ethos !
Having read the story in full why are the auditions at this establishment limited to only those in full time education ? Does not bear true to the shows audition process and ethos ! alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

7:52am Fri 28 Mar 14

afcbcasuals says...

Simon Cowell is singly ruining the music industry by his on set of pre packaged pop stars chosen for their looks and not the talent. .should be renamed the sh- -t factor
Simon Cowell is singly ruining the music industry by his on set of pre packaged pop stars chosen for their looks and not the talent. .should be renamed the sh- -t factor afcbcasuals
  • Score: 13

7:52am Fri 28 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit
y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility
In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility alasdair1967
  • Score: 25

7:57am Fri 28 Mar 14

hucky999 says...

Do you mean to say this crap is still on telly!!!! It's about time it was axed.
Do you mean to say this crap is still on telly!!!! It's about time it was axed. hucky999
  • Score: 13

8:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

justsayithowitis says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Having read the story in full why are the auditions at this establishment limited to only those in full time education ? Does not bear true to the shows audition process and ethos !
If you had read it in full you would have read that there are open auditions from 10am until 3pm or 4.30 if you are in full time education. It looks as though they only want people in full time education or people on benefits.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Having read the story in full why are the auditions at this establishment limited to only those in full time education ? Does not bear true to the shows audition process and ethos ![/p][/quote]If you had read it in full you would have read that there are open auditions from 10am until 3pm or 4.30 if you are in full time education. It looks as though they only want people in full time education or people on benefits. justsayithowitis
  • Score: 12

8:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

sunny1966 says...

“Quote” Although Simon Cowell is unlikely to make it for the early auditions, "Shocking" now there’s a thing; Simon Cowell probably doesn’t no where Bournemouth is and if he did really wouldn’t be bothered about coming to such a little irrelevant place. Talk about patronization. After last year’s bag of ****, I swore never to watch the corrupt crap ever again. I see people sitting there getting excited over a phone vote that is obviously fixed and doctored to suit the judging panel. Wake up Britain, missed the Great out there for obvious reasons. I will put a bet on with anyone that you will never see anyone in the quarter finals for X **** let alone the final.
“Quote” Although Simon Cowell is unlikely to make it for the early auditions, "Shocking" now there’s a thing; Simon Cowell probably doesn’t no where Bournemouth is and if he did really wouldn’t be bothered about coming to such a little irrelevant place. Talk about patronization. After last year’s bag of ****, I swore never to watch the corrupt crap ever again. I see people sitting there getting excited over a phone vote that is obviously fixed and doctored to suit the judging panel. Wake up Britain, missed the Great out there for obvious reasons. I will put a bet on with anyone that you will never see anyone in the quarter finals for X **** let alone the final. sunny1966
  • Score: 3

8:31am Fri 28 Mar 14

sunny1966 says...

From Bournemouth that is :)
From Bournemouth that is :) sunny1966
  • Score: 0

9:02am Fri 28 Mar 14

WeareAnonymous says...

Considering this on the 1st April, this is a prank, if someone was to do some research before actually posting this promotional rubbish they would realise the open auditions are being advertised on the X Factor Website and several others.

http://tellymix.co.u
k/reality-tv/the-x-f
actor/179474-x-facto
r-auditions-2014-ope
n-audition-dates-and
-venues.html

This article should be removed as the company it is advertising is using false advertisement, and has no right to be using the X Factor to bring in customers...

Yet another example of shoddy articles by the Echo...
Considering this on the 1st April, this is a prank, if someone was to do some research before actually posting this promotional rubbish they would realise the open auditions are being advertised on the X Factor Website and several others. http://tellymix.co.u k/reality-tv/the-x-f actor/179474-x-facto r-auditions-2014-ope n-audition-dates-and -venues.html This article should be removed as the company it is advertising is using false advertisement, and has no right to be using the X Factor to bring in customers... Yet another example of shoddy articles by the Echo... WeareAnonymous
  • Score: 13

9:02am Fri 28 Mar 14

Dibbles2 says...

The X Factor mobile auditions sees little more than a tent travelling around the UK scouting for talent. Hopefuls turn up and sing for a small crew in a bid to go on and face the judges later this year.

The X Factor mobile auditions continue next week in Newquay, Exeter, Bournemouth, Southampton and Bristol.

Read more: http://tellymix.co.u
k/reality-tv/the-x-f
actor/179600-first-x
-factor-2014-auditio
ns-begin-in-belfast.
html#ixzz2xFKlBJfU
The X Factor mobile auditions sees little more than a tent travelling around the UK scouting for talent. Hopefuls turn up and sing for a small crew in a bid to go on and face the judges later this year. The X Factor mobile auditions continue next week in Newquay, Exeter, Bournemouth, Southampton and Bristol. Read more: http://tellymix.co.u k/reality-tv/the-x-f actor/179600-first-x -factor-2014-auditio ns-begin-in-belfast. html#ixzz2xFKlBJfU Dibbles2
  • Score: 3

9:16am Fri 28 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

nobath George enter go on go for it while you still know everything,
move out get a job and pay your own bills.
its for your own good you know
nobath George enter go on go for it while you still know everything, move out get a job and pay your own bills. its for your own good you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

9:25am Fri 28 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit

y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility
This might be the affirming clue "“It’s going to take place on April Fool’s Day,” .....!
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility[/p][/quote]This might be the affirming clue "“It’s going to take place on April Fool’s Day,” .....! muscliffman
  • Score: 1

9:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

MrPitiful says...

I reckon this will be quite a busy event - there are a lot of wannabes in this town.
I reckon this will be quite a busy event - there are a lot of wannabes in this town. MrPitiful
  • Score: 7

9:40am Fri 28 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

If there is an ounce of truth in this report the council and police need to be making plans,due to the shows popularity hundreds if not thousands will turn up
If there is an ounce of truth in this report the council and police need to be making plans,due to the shows popularity hundreds if not thousands will turn up alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

9:46am Fri 28 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Brilliant! Now where did I leave my Chicken suit?
Brilliant! Now where did I leave my Chicken suit? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

10:46am Fri 28 Mar 14

dorsetviewer2012 says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit

y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility
it is real as it states it here also

http://xfactor.itv.c
om/2013/news/insider
/read_people-of-brit
ain-listen-up_item_1
00291.htm
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility[/p][/quote]it is real as it states it here also http://xfactor.itv.c om/2013/news/insider /read_people-of-brit ain-listen-up_item_1 00291.htm dorsetviewer2012
  • Score: 3

11:15am Fri 28 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

Amazes me the general public still vote,and generate money for Cowell no Matter who is in the bottom two the judges can manipulate the vote to get there chosen artist through ,will only go to public vote ie deadlock when they know the act they want to save is safe,as I said scripted pantomime from the second the auditions start to the moment the winner is announced
Amazes me the general public still vote,and generate money for Cowell no Matter who is in the bottom two the judges can manipulate the vote to get there chosen artist through ,will only go to public vote ie deadlock when they know the act they want to save is safe,as I said scripted pantomime from the second the auditions start to the moment the winner is announced alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

11:51am Fri 28 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Amazes me the general public still vote,and generate money for Cowell no Matter who is in the bottom two the judges can manipulate the vote to get there chosen artist through ,will only go to public vote ie deadlock when they know the act they want to save is safe,as I said scripted pantomime from the second the auditions start to the moment the winner is announced
I find it hard to believe this show is still popular to?

The whole thing is a massive scam, right from the "we love Simon" banners the production crew make and give to the queuing lemmings, right the way up to the final night and the eventual winner. The only winners, if you can call them that are the runners up as they get to tour and bring out an album straight after the final show while its still fresh in everyones mind whereas the winner gets locked away for 9 months by which time the next ones started and their forgotten about.

The ones I feel sorry for are the idiots with no talent that only a mother could love who get their hopes up because they are told through the countless rounds by psychologists and mental behavioural experts long before they get anywhere near the celeb judges that they are really talented and special only to then be shot down and ridiculed by Simon in front of a live and TV audience, all in the name of entertainment?
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Amazes me the general public still vote,and generate money for Cowell no Matter who is in the bottom two the judges can manipulate the vote to get there chosen artist through ,will only go to public vote ie deadlock when they know the act they want to save is safe,as I said scripted pantomime from the second the auditions start to the moment the winner is announced[/p][/quote]I find it hard to believe this show is still popular to? The whole thing is a massive scam, right from the "we love Simon" banners the production crew make and give to the queuing lemmings, right the way up to the final night and the eventual winner. The only winners, if you can call them that are the runners up as they get to tour and bring out an album straight after the final show while its still fresh in everyones mind whereas the winner gets locked away for 9 months by which time the next ones started and their forgotten about. The ones I feel sorry for are the idiots with no talent that only a mother could love who get their hopes up because they are told through the countless rounds by psychologists and mental behavioural experts long before they get anywhere near the celeb judges that they are really talented and special only to then be shot down and ridiculed by Simon in front of a live and TV audience, all in the name of entertainment? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
Amazes me the general public still vote,and generate money for Cowell no Matter who is in the bottom two the judges can manipulate the vote to get there chosen artist through ,will only go to public vote ie deadlock when they know the act they want to save is safe,as I said scripted pantomime from the second the auditions start to the moment the winner is announced
I find it hard to believe this show is still popular to?

The whole thing is a massive scam, right from the "we love Simon" banners the production crew make and give to the queuing lemmings, right the way up to the final night and the eventual winner. The only winners, if you can call them that are the runners up as they get to tour and bring out an album straight after the final show while its still fresh in everyones mind whereas the winner gets locked away for 9 months by which time the next ones started and their forgotten about.

The ones I feel sorry for are the idiots with no talent that only a mother could love who get their hopes up because they are told through the countless rounds by psychologists and mental behavioural experts long before they get anywhere near the celeb judges that they are really talented and special only to then be shot down and ridiculed by Simon in front of a live and TV audience, all in the name of entertainment?
That's why I hate cowells other show bgt breaking the hearts of young children on live television does not appeal to me in the slightest
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Amazes me the general public still vote,and generate money for Cowell no Matter who is in the bottom two the judges can manipulate the vote to get there chosen artist through ,will only go to public vote ie deadlock when they know the act they want to save is safe,as I said scripted pantomime from the second the auditions start to the moment the winner is announced[/p][/quote]I find it hard to believe this show is still popular to? The whole thing is a massive scam, right from the "we love Simon" banners the production crew make and give to the queuing lemmings, right the way up to the final night and the eventual winner. The only winners, if you can call them that are the runners up as they get to tour and bring out an album straight after the final show while its still fresh in everyones mind whereas the winner gets locked away for 9 months by which time the next ones started and their forgotten about. The ones I feel sorry for are the idiots with no talent that only a mother could love who get their hopes up because they are told through the countless rounds by psychologists and mental behavioural experts long before they get anywhere near the celeb judges that they are really talented and special only to then be shot down and ridiculed by Simon in front of a live and TV audience, all in the name of entertainment?[/p][/quote]That's why I hate cowells other show bgt breaking the hearts of young children on live television does not appeal to me in the slightest alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

12:30pm Fri 28 Mar 14

retry69 says...

Troll bait,and it worked :)
Troll bait,and it worked :) retry69
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

A bunch of chavs sticking two fingers up at the camera. I suppose that makes a change from Cowell sticking two fingers up at the idiots who vote on this rubbish and don't think it's fixed! How many times have phone-in talent shows been reprimanded or fined for shoddy practices?
A bunch of chavs sticking two fingers up at the camera. I suppose that makes a change from Cowell sticking two fingers up at the idiots who vote on this rubbish and don't think it's fixed! How many times have phone-in talent shows been reprimanded or fined for shoddy practices? speedy231278
  • Score: 2

3:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Angrydolphin says...

The cancer of modern music and entertainment in general. I would rather tea bag a pot of acid then watch, listen or attend this utter, utter ****
The cancer of modern music and entertainment in general. I would rather tea bag a pot of acid then watch, listen or attend this utter, utter **** Angrydolphin
  • Score: 8

4:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sophiepond says...

The reason NO bands of any note play the BIC anymore is because this dire show and dire man have killed real music and left brain dead people who sit in and do nothing but vote on these moronic progs
The reason NO bands of any note play the BIC anymore is because this dire show and dire man have killed real music and left brain dead people who sit in and do nothing but vote on these moronic progs sophiepond
  • Score: 7

6:48pm Fri 28 Mar 14

afcbcasuals says...

Angrydolphin wrote:
The cancer of modern music and entertainment in general. I would rather tea bag a pot of acid then watch, listen or attend this utter, utter ****
Never a true word spoke he is the show is degrading to music
[quote][p][bold]Angrydolphin[/bold] wrote: The cancer of modern music and entertainment in general. I would rather tea bag a pot of acid then watch, listen or attend this utter, utter ****[/p][/quote]Never a true word spoke he is the show is degrading to music afcbcasuals
  • Score: 2

7:59pm Fri 28 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Please please ignore it hopefully it will go away
Please please ignore it hopefully it will go away kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Ferret24 says...

APRIL 1st say no more
APRIL 1st say no more Ferret24
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Thankfully you only have to ear about the winners for a few days after some daft old bat of a judge throws her head back and laughs to loud
Thankfully you only have to ear about the winners for a few days after some daft old bat of a judge throws her head back and laughs to loud kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -2

8:12pm Fri 28 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

O2London ,Madison square garden Wembly arena.Radio city,the greasy spoon Bournemouth square. Don't work for me
O2London ,Madison square garden Wembly arena.Radio city,the greasy spoon Bournemouth square. Don't work for me kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

8:56am Sat 29 Mar 14

Gonetothebeach says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit

y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility
Like you, my initial reaction was that this is a cruel wind up for April Fools Day which risked upsetting many hopefuls so I checked - and this date and venue ARE on the official list of 'mobile' venues. Seems X Factor have a large number of mobile auditions around the country this year in addition to the half dozen big city locations (not that I personally care much one way or the other!)
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility[/p][/quote]Like you, my initial reaction was that this is a cruel wind up for April Fools Day which risked upsetting many hopefuls so I checked - and this date and venue ARE on the official list of 'mobile' venues. Seems X Factor have a large number of mobile auditions around the country this year in addition to the half dozen big city locations (not that I personally care much one way or the other!) Gonetothebeach
  • Score: 0

9:13am Sat 29 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

Gonetothebeach wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit


y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility
Like you, my initial reaction was that this is a cruel wind up for April Fools Day which risked upsetting many hopefuls so I checked - and this date and venue ARE on the official list of 'mobile' venues. Seems X Factor have a large number of mobile auditions around the country this year in addition to the half dozen big city locations (not that I personally care much one way or the other!)
Well I do hope the council and police have plans now in place,due to the shows popularity hundreds if not thousands will turn up in a hope of there five mins of fame
[quote][p][bold]Gonetothebeach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: In truth I smell a rat,echo is this audition actually sanctioned by ITV,the x factor auditions take place in national arenas not tiny coffee shops in Bournemouth,publicit y stunt more like by the cafe owners potential auditionees be very very wary and check the auditions credibility[/p][/quote]Like you, my initial reaction was that this is a cruel wind up for April Fools Day which risked upsetting many hopefuls so I checked - and this date and venue ARE on the official list of 'mobile' venues. Seems X Factor have a large number of mobile auditions around the country this year in addition to the half dozen big city locations (not that I personally care much one way or the other!)[/p][/quote]Well I do hope the council and police have plans now in place,due to the shows popularity hundreds if not thousands will turn up in a hope of there five mins of fame alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Sat 29 Mar 14

melaniecobbs says...

This has to be an Aprils Fools!! The auditions are always at large venues and attract large crowds.
This has to be an Aprils Fools!! The auditions are always at large venues and attract large crowds. melaniecobbs
  • Score: 0

1:48am Mon 31 Mar 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Angrydolphin wrote:
The cancer of modern music and entertainment in general. I would rather tea bag a pot of acid then watch, listen or attend this utter, utter ****
Couldn't have said it any better!
[quote][p][bold]Angrydolphin[/bold] wrote: The cancer of modern music and entertainment in general. I would rather tea bag a pot of acid then watch, listen or attend this utter, utter ****[/p][/quote]Couldn't have said it any better! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

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