Course to prepare wannabe pop stars for X Factor launched at British college
X Factor wannabes will now be able to hone their audition material with the help of teachers and professors at a higher eduction institute.
Bishop Auckland College, County Durham will teach a 17-week X Factor Preparation course – which it claims is the first of its kind in this country.
ITV1 talent show X Factor auditions singers in the hope of finding the next chart-topper. Success stories include One Direction, Joe McElderry and James Arthur who won the contest in December.
The course, which costs £95, will take place every Monday and will be scheduled to finish just in time for the start of the ITV1 audition process. Students will receive technical tuition in singing and performing and coaching on how to project themselves confidently.
Mike Jinks, head of art, music and performing arts at Bishop Auckland College, said: "I wanted to run a course which prepared people for X Factor auditions and similar competitions across the country."
"Many applicants have talent but need to work on key things such as their singing technique and confidence. People auditioning also need to know that the ones who succeed on X Factor don't just walk in there blind. It's not about just wandering in, singing a song and you're famous," he said.
"Most applicants have been doing the rounds for years working really hard - it's very rare that you get a Susan Boyle character.
"The course is also about giving people real, transferable skills. The biggest thing they will get out of it is confidence, whether this is for a future singing audition or a job interview."
ITV was not available for comment at press time.
Other unusual higher education and university courses include the David Beckham module taught at Staffordshire as part of a Sport, Media and Culture degree; 'Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion' unit taught as part of Education Studies at Durham; and 'Philosophy and Star Trek' at America's Georgetown University.
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 3 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley star in trailer for new Alan Turing film The Imitation Game
Endeavour series 2, episode 4 - TV review: A gripping, sordid, startling and magnificent end to the series
It looks like Krusty the Clown is the major Simpsons character death
Russell T Davies wants your 'sexcapades' for new web series Tofu about modern sex culture
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
- < Previous
- Next >