UK college introduces course for X Factor wannabes
Have you got the X Factor? Well if you don't, fear not, as a college has set about making sure you do.
A course specifically designed to prepare wannabe pop stars to pass the audition stage of the ITV talent show has been announced by a college in the North East of England.
Bishop Auckland College, claim to be the first to offer the chance to prepare people for going on the X Factor.
Students enrolling on the 17-week programme, which ends just before the auditions stage begins, 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.
"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."
The course takes place every Monday evening and costs £95 to complete.
Mr Jinks said: "There are plenty of colleges running this qualification but as far as I'm aware none of them have designed the course around the X Factor."