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Missed out on Louis' auditions? Try Twink's panto


Adele King aka Twink. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Adele King aka Twink. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Adele King aka Twink. Photo: Gerry Mooney

LOUIS Walsh's boyband rejects could have another shot at fame – with Twink.

While X Factor judge Louis has spent the past three days searching for up-and-coming singers, Twink wants performers.

The panto queen is holding auditions of her own next month in the hope of find the next big stage star.

Twink is teaming up with producer Robert C Kelly to cast her new stage show.

Hundreds of young hopefuls are expected to be put through their paces for an upcoming production of Aladdin.

"Twink is one of the most experienced figures in Irish entertainment so anyone sharing a stage with her will be getting a first-class musical education," producer Kelly said.

However the Scottish-born impresario said only the best should apply for the auditions, to be held in Dublin next month.

"It's not just about being able to sing or dance. Those who present themselves need to have the stamina for a long run, where they can perform on cue every night. It's really exhausting," he said.

Those attending the try-outs, in St Nicholas of Myra Hall off Francis Street, will be asked to perform from a script before being put through their paces by Twink, and Kelly, who was previously seen auditioning hopefuls in 2010 RTE TV series Fame The Musical.

Singer Samantha Mumba is among those who began her career in panto with Twink.

However the star later lambasted the mother-of-two, claiming Twink fired her from the production, a charge denied by Twink. "I was very offended because I have worked with children and young people for 30 years in shows and many of them are married now with their own kids.

"They come up to me and throw their arms around me and tell me 'you taught me everything I know. We had a great time with you' and so on," she said. Aladdin comes to UCH Limerick in December.