Crowds gather outside the Obscura Cafe in Bournemouth Square as X Factor auditions come to town

VIDEO: Does Bournemouth have the X Factor? crowds line-up as auditions come to town

Does Bournemouth have the X Factor? crowds line-up as auditions come to town

Does Bournemouth have the X Factor? crowds line-up as auditions come to town

Does Bournemouth have the X Factor? crowds line-up as auditions come to town

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BOURNEMOUTH proved it had the X Factor when the talent show’s auditions came to Dorset today.

Hundreds queued up outside the Obscura Cafe in the Square to have their chance at singing on the show – and the Echo’s Hayley Jones-Dowling was among those given a pass to the next stage.

The 31-year-old media sales consultant impressed with her renditions of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing, Pie Jesu and Amy Winehouse’s Valerie. She will now travel to the Emirates Stadium on April 14.

She said: “It’s honestly the most nerve-wracking thing in the world. I had to wait for three hours and no one was getting through. I was really relieved when they said they were putting me through. I’ve done this before so I’m not getting my hopes up but it would be really nice to get in front of the judges this time.”

Also accepted onto the next stage of auditions was 30-year-old John Smith. John, who has reached the Bootcamp stage of the programme before, said: “I’m really excited about that. They asked me to perform two songs, so I did A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke and Treasure by Bruno Mars.”

He added: “I just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone so I’m really happy.”

Si Genaro, who has also auditioned for The Voice, didn’t make it through to the next round of auditions.

“I’ll definitely keep trying,” he said. “I can still go to the auditions in London, and I might go to Birmingham as well as I have a friend there who will be giving it a go.”

He said producers at the Bournemouth auditions had told him to try Britain’s Got Talent.

“I’ve missed the auditions for the next series, but I’ll definitely go along for the one after that,” he said.

Melissa Barton, 21, who is from Bransgore, said she was feeling “absolutely fine” ahead of her audition.

“It’s going to go one way or the other,” she said. “I don’t want to be all stressed out – I’m just going to see how it all goes.”

But Sarah Gates, who travelled from Winchester to take part, said she was feeling a bit nervous as she is battling a chest infection.

She said: “I’ve been singing since I was tiny. I got picked on by the teacher at primary school because she said I have perfect pitch, and was always making me sing. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling well at all today, which is a shame.”

The X Factor, now in its 11th series, aims to find the newest singing sensation from across the UK.

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12:51pm Tue 1 Apr 14

John T says...

I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.
I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'. John T
  • Score: 18

2:03pm Tue 1 Apr 14

UbelievableJeff says...

John T wrote:
I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.
Agreed! As for that bloke with the chicken song...seriously mate give it up
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.[/p][/quote]Agreed! As for that bloke with the chicken song...seriously mate give it up UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 4

2:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

John T wrote:
I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.
John Smith magnetising is he from Tadcaster.
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.[/p][/quote]John Smith magnetising is he from Tadcaster. Lord Spring
  • Score: -4

3:30pm Tue 1 Apr 14

John T says...

Lord Spring wrote:
John T wrote:
I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.
John Smith magnetising is he from Tadcaster.
Well he seems a Smooth performer.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: I can't tell you all how excited I am that the renowned John Smith 'just wanted to put Bournemouth on the map for everyone'.[/p][/quote]John Smith magnetising is he from Tadcaster.[/p][/quote]Well he seems a Smooth performer. John T
  • Score: 3

3:45pm Tue 1 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

The X Factor doesn't even have the X Factor. All a fixed load of rubbish aimed at eliciting cash from the morons who watch it and vote....
The X Factor doesn't even have the X Factor. All a fixed load of rubbish aimed at eliciting cash from the morons who watch it and vote.... speedy231278
  • Score: 16

5:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Auditions in Total Obscura?

It's tiny.
It must have been stinking in there.
Auditions in Total Obscura? It's tiny. It must have been stinking in there. BIGTONE
  • Score: 8

6:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

AnastasiaB says...

YAWN!!!!! Not that popular then, Other times they would have used the BIC and needed to.
YAWN!!!!! Not that popular then, Other times they would have used the BIC and needed to. AnastasiaB
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Tue 1 Apr 14

s-pb2 says...

Depressing. Isnt it?
Depressing. Isnt it? s-pb2
  • Score: 5

8:04pm Tue 1 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Is that The John Smith singing looking Japaniesy looking Japaniesy .wow I'm on the Smith team .Ps should have gone to spec savers
Is that The John Smith singing looking Japaniesy looking Japaniesy .wow I'm on the Smith team .Ps should have gone to spec savers kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -2

8:09pm Tue 1 Apr 14

kalebmoledirt says...

That Is not a crowd that is a Que of desperate kids that are unlikely to get a proper job .Best of luck to them
That Is not a crowd that is a Que of desperate kids that are unlikely to get a proper job .Best of luck to them kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wannabewriter says...

April fool?
April fool? wannabewriter
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

KittyPix says...

April fools jokes used to actually be funny..
April fools jokes used to actually be funny.. KittyPix
  • Score: 0

12:59am Wed 2 Apr 14

MrPitiful says...

The problem is, these people have family and friends who constantly tell them how good they are at singing. It puts ideas in their heads and they end up going in for competitions like this in the hope of being the "next big thing".

Real talent used to be discovered by TV and record company bosses doing the scouting of social clubs, theatres etc. looking for those who had honed their skills and perfected their act over many years.

This is why when all the remainig great artists have goine, we will have no decent replacements.
The problem is, these people have family and friends who constantly tell them how good they are at singing. It puts ideas in their heads and they end up going in for competitions like this in the hope of being the "next big thing". Real talent used to be discovered by TV and record company bosses doing the scouting of social clubs, theatres etc. looking for those who had honed their skills and perfected their act over many years. This is why when all the remainig great artists have goine, we will have no decent replacements. MrPitiful
  • Score: 1

12:57pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Branksome snail says...

what relationis this to THE X Factor? I thouhg the closest "actual" auditions were in Plymouth or something? Is this actually X actor at all?
what relationis this to THE X Factor? I thouhg the closest "actual" auditions were in Plymouth or something? Is this actually X actor at all? Branksome snail
  • Score: 0

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