The next big thing could be unveiled in Southampton as pop star hopefuls audition for the X Factor

X Factor auditions arrive in city

X Factor auditions arrive in city

X Factor auditions arrive in city

X Factor auditions arrive in city

X Factor auditions arrive in city

X Factor auditions arrive in city

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THEY are trying to transform their lives through their hidden talents.

X Factor hopefuls have turned out in Southampton today as the TV show hunts for the next James Arthur, One Direction or Sam Bailey.

Daily Echo:

Mobile auditions are taking place at WestQuay and people of all ages are at the scene trying to impress the judges.

And younger competitors got their chance to shine this afternoon with a special round for children in full time education.

More than 50 college and school students turned up between 3.30-4.30pm with older contestants being turned away by the end of the day after the queue closed.

Shannon Wilson, 17, a St College College student, of Gosport, said: "I've always wanted to sing. When they lowered the age level to 14 I was only 13, then they raised it again so I had to wait.

"I used to be in a band called Beyond Existence where I was on vocals, we gigged a bit but it didn't go far. I'm really nervous, it took me an hour and a half to get here because I had to get the bus."

Daily Echo:

Shannon Wilson, 17, tried her luck for the X Factor

Kimberleigh Hendrikse, 16 was waiting for her father to come back from Eastleigh with her ID after nearly being turned away at the barriers.

She said: "They thought I was older than I actually am, I'm only 16, my dad has gone to get my passport he has been fighting for me since I was little I'm relieved they let me in the queue."

Rapha Matonga, 19, a college student from Warsash was the first to go through to the next round of auditions.

After performing Ain't No Sunshine for the two judges at West Quay, Rapha was asked to sing a second song, Etta James' All I Could Do Was Cry.

Daily Echo:

Rapha Matonga celebrates getting through to the next round

She said: "I'm so excited! I love this I was so nervous but this has always been my main passion, to perform. I didn't think they liked it because they looked a bit bored. I'm phoning everyone now, this is amazing."

Rapha will now travel to London on April 14 for the next round of auditions.

Ottavio Donato Columbro, 22, a fashion and PR student at Southampton Solent University was the second singer to receive a golden ticket and will audition again.

After getting through to the Bootcamp two years ago, Ottavio was told to go away and work on his voice.

Daily Echo:

Ottavio Donato Columbro was the second person through

He said: "I was one of the last 22 boys and nearly got to the judges houses and had to apply again when I found out auditions were so close.

"I think the judges could hear that I had improved and said they had never heard a boy sing a Mariah Carey song so well."

Girlband of six months 'Ivy' filled West Quay Shopping centre with screams of excitement after receiving a yes from the judges.

Tasha Pyne, 19, Emma Wright, 22, Paris Tredell, 19 and Sarah Jayne Riedel, 17, come from across the UK and will now go to London on April 14 for stage two of the audition process.

Tasha, who is also a fire eater, said: "We are so excited and relieved, we have been together about five or six months but we have been preparing for this for just a few weeks, we all live so far apart, we came to Southampton for a night out and a sleepover.”

Daily Echo:

Girlband Ivy is through to the next stage

Sarah Jayne added: "Our harmony and guitar are really raw we focus on our voices. If we have to dance we will, we all have the ability to but we like to focus on our voices.”

Emma Bundey, 19, a kitchen assistant from Totton, sang Hallelujah, a previous X Factor-winning song for Alexandra Burke.

Daily Echo:

Emma Bundy in line for auditions

Emma said: “At the money I work as a kitchen assistant but it's not what I want to be."

"I'm really nervous about today but I'm trying not to be. I haven't told anyone I'm here just in case I don't get through."

Ron Atwill, 48, a landscaper from Lordshill and Si Genaro, 42, a professional musician from New Forest sang for the Echo in the line while they waited to audition.

The pair auditioned in Bournemouth yesterday and did not get through but where determined to show how passionate they are.

Si previously auditioned for BBC show The Voice and did not get through.

Jess Page, 20, a B&Q worker from Bursledon, is also back for another crack at breaking through to the televised auditions.

She said: "I have auditioned before in the past in London so I thought I would give it another shot. I'm more confident this year; you've just got to go for it! “You can't win if you don't try and I've bought my friend Roxy for support."

Daily Echo: Jess Page, 20, shows some attitude before her audition

The auditions take place until 3.30pm, or 4.30pm for those in full-time education. All entrants must be aged over 16.

Melissa Blaikie, 19, a Winchester University student, Whiteley, brought along her guitar to play Katy Perry's The One That Got Away.

Daily Echo: Melissa Blaikie

She said: "I have always loved performing and stuff so I thought I would give it a go."

"I've been singing forever, there's even videos from when I was 5 years old singing Shania Twain"

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12:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Out come all the nutters
Out come all the nutters RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 13

1:00pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Ottavio Donato Columbro - wtf does he look like
Ottavio Donato Columbro - wtf does he look like ToastyTea
  • Score: 23

1:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Ottavio Donato Columbro - wtf does he look like
LOL I'm glad you said it, there was me thinking I'm weird!
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Ottavio Donato Columbro - wtf does he look like[/p][/quote]LOL I'm glad you said it, there was me thinking I'm weird! IronLady2010
  • Score: 4

2:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

kevhem says...

ottavio lol , its x factor" not the auditions for the next charie and the chocolate factory ,, lols
ottavio lol , its x factor" not the auditions for the next charie and the chocolate factory ,, lols kevhem
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Wed 2 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

kevhem wrote:
ottavio lol , its x factor" not the auditions for the next charie and the chocolate factory ,, lols
Maybe he was singing the oompa loompa song?
[quote][p][bold]kevhem[/bold] wrote: ottavio lol , its x factor" not the auditions for the next charie and the chocolate factory ,, lols[/p][/quote]Maybe he was singing the oompa loompa song? IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

3:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

Is this the Jarrow Elvis competition updated?
Is this the Jarrow Elvis competition updated? From the sidelines
  • Score: -2

4:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

SaintJoeBhoy says...

Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business
Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business SaintJoeBhoy
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sarfhampton2 says...

They should have done it down the Joiners
They should have done it down the Joiners Sarfhampton2
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Wed 2 Apr 14

sburman says...

least said soonest mended.

Please, please, please can the TV companies, one day, take this sort of wannabe cr*p off the telly.
least said soonest mended. Please, please, please can the TV companies, one day, take this sort of wannabe cr*p off the telly. sburman
  • Score: 3

7:38pm Wed 2 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

Ottavio Donato Columbro is blates a poof
Ottavio Donato Columbro is blates a poof 03alpe01
  • Score: -2

7:43pm Wed 2 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Ottavio Donato Columbro is blates a poof
His sexuality is nothing to do with us. Yes, he looks like a clown.......
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Ottavio Donato Columbro is blates a poof[/p][/quote]His sexuality is nothing to do with us. Yes, he looks like a clown....... IronLady2010
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Wed 2 Apr 14

red/whitearmy says...

X Factor , send the judges to pompey. Im sure the players and so called fans could do some thing , After all its a load of crap.
X Factor , send the judges to pompey. Im sure the players and so called fans could do some thing , After all its a load of crap. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 0

12:41am Thu 3 Apr 14

Heathfield Mum says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Ottavio Donato Columbro is blates a poof
He got through, he stands out, he has made a mark. What do you all look like?  He's obviously comfortable in his attire.

Whats his sexuality got to do with anyone?

I wish him luck.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Ottavio Donato Columbro is blates a poof[/p][/quote]He got through, he stands out, he has made a mark. What do you all look like?  He's obviously comfortable in his attire. Whats his sexuality got to do with anyone? I wish him luck. Heathfield Mum
  • Score: 6

8:05am Thu 3 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

SaintJoeBhoy wrote:
Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business
Meh. Money ruined it, if it hadn't been Cowell, it would have been someone else.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJoeBhoy[/bold] wrote: Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business[/p][/quote]Meh. Money ruined it, if it hadn't been Cowell, it would have been someone else. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 3

8:47am Thu 3 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

SaintJoeBhoy wrote:
Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business
And made more money than God in the process, showing that more people believe in his work than rubbish it.

Don't like the show? Don't watch it. Don't read stories about it. Don't click onto online articles and take time to post your individual distaste about a show which has generated more Saturday night viewers than any show since Noel's Houseparty.

Simon Cowell hasn't ruined anything. You just don't like it. That's not the same.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJoeBhoy[/bold] wrote: Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business[/p][/quote]And made more money than God in the process, showing that more people believe in his work than rubbish it. Don't like the show? Don't watch it. Don't read stories about it. Don't click onto online articles and take time to post your individual distaste about a show which has generated more Saturday night viewers than any show since Noel's Houseparty. Simon Cowell hasn't ruined anything. You just don't like it. That's not the same. camerajuan
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

camerajuan wrote:
SaintJoeBhoy wrote:
Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business
And made more money than God in the process, showing that more people believe in his work than rubbish it.

Don't like the show? Don't watch it. Don't read stories about it. Don't click onto online articles and take time to post your individual distaste about a show which has generated more Saturday night viewers than any show since Noel's Houseparty.

Simon Cowell hasn't ruined anything. You just don't like it. That's not the same.
Quite. I don't give a stuff about the "music business" myself. Far more interested in the music scene, which is entirely separate, very much alive and has not been tainted at all by Simon Cowell.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintJoeBhoy[/bold] wrote: Pre manufactured pop rubbish! Cowell has ruined the music business[/p][/quote]And made more money than God in the process, showing that more people believe in his work than rubbish it. Don't like the show? Don't watch it. Don't read stories about it. Don't click onto online articles and take time to post your individual distaste about a show which has generated more Saturday night viewers than any show since Noel's Houseparty. Simon Cowell hasn't ruined anything. You just don't like it. That's not the same.[/p][/quote]Quite. I don't give a stuff about the "music business" myself. Far more interested in the music scene, which is entirely separate, very much alive and has not been tainted at all by Simon Cowell. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

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