The X Factor NZ will hit the road this October and November travelling to 13 locations throughout the country to find contestants for the second local version of this global television phenomenon.
A new addition to the Groups category this season will be bands.
Co-Executive Producer for The X Factor NZ John McDonald is excited about including musicians that form the framework of the New Zealand music industry.
“Last year we had so many people say to us, ‘Why can’t my band enter?’ Good news is, this year they can,” says McDonald.
“New Zealand is littered with great bands that play week in and week out on the pub circuit, school halls and small gigs, we think they’ve got as much right as anyone else to be discovered and end up with a record deal with Sony Music. We just want everyone to be included this year.”
Internationally, bands are included in a number of countries, so it’s nothing new to the The X Factor format.
Starting in Auckland on October 11, and finishing back in South Auckland on November 2, the pre-audition tour is the first stage of the The X Factor NZ process.
Contestants who are successful at the pre-auditions will then perform in front of the four judges and a LIVE televised audience.
Television personality Dominic Bowden returns as host for the second series and he can’t wait.
“Last year The X Factor NZ proved to everyone that Kiwis can produce world-class singers, now bands can join the party.”
I have really missed the show, the wonderful crew, judges and fans but most of all, the chance to showcase New Zealand talent – not Australian or American, but our voices, to give a platform to home grown Kiwi talent and I know once again we are going to uncover some incredible stars.”
PRE-AUDITION DATES AND LOCATIONS
Saturday October 11 – AUT City Campus, Auckland 10am – 5pm
Sunday October 12 – AUT City Campus, Auckland, 10am – 5pm
Tuesday October 14 – Performing Arts Centre Trust, Queenstown, 3pm – 8pm
Wednesday October 15 – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 3pm – 8pm
Thursday October 16 – New Zealand Institute of Sport, Christchurch, 3pm – 8pm
Friday October 17 – New Zealand Institute of Sport, Christchurch, 3pm – 8pm
Sunday October 19 – Nelson College, Nelson, 10am – 5pm
Tuesday October 21 – Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 3pm – 8pm
Wednesday October 22 – Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 3pm – 8pm
Friday October 24 – The Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North, 3pm – 8pm
Sunday October 26 – Napier Boys High School, Napier, 10am – 5pm
Monday October 27 – Rotorua Arts Village, Rotorua, 10am – 5pm
Tuesday October 28 – Club Mount, Mount Maunganui, 3pm – 8pm
Wednesday October 29 – Wintec Bill Gallagher Building, Hamilton, 3pm – 8pm
Thursday October 30 – Whangarei Athletics Club, Whangarei, 3pm – 8pm
Saturday November 1 – Alfriston College, Manurewa, Auckland, 10am – 5pm
Sunday November 2 – Alfriston College, Manurewa, Auckland, 10am – 5pm
HOW TO ENTER
• If you are a singer, group or band aged 14 or older as of 11 October 2014, find the audition location nearest to you.
• Visit the www.tv3.co.nz/TheXFactorNZ to download and print The X Factor NZ application form.
• Fill out the form ready to bring it to your local audition. Make sure you read the full terms and conditions on the website before you enter the auditions.