X-Factor hopefuls audition at Murrayfield

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Hundreds of aspiring stars lined Murrayfield Stadium for the first round of the X-Factor auditions.

The Capital replaced the usual Glasgow auditions this year, with the show’s producers scouting out local talent in live auditions in front of star judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.

Lorna Bliss, 35 from Cambridge arrives to sing Perfume by Britney Spears. Pic: SWNS

Lorna Bliss, 35 from Cambridge arrives to sing Perfume by Britney Spears. Pic: SWNS

Many arrived well before stewards officially opened the doors at 8.40am yesterday and had already secured their spots with deck chairs.

Leila Chaouachi, 20, of Western Harbour, had been in the queue since 9am in the hope of wowing the producers.

She said, “It’s my second audition – I first did it when I was 17 but I didn’t get through so I was really nervous.

“I had to sing a verse and a chorus of a song and I chose Killing Me Softly by The Fugees and Stay by Rhianna.

X-Factor auditions were held at Murrayfield today.Picture :Comp

X-Factor auditions were held at Murrayfield today.Picture :Comp

“I was so nervous and I’m still shaking!”

The Telford College student, who said she has been singing from “a really young age”, whizzed through to the second round.

She added: “I think Edinburgh does have talent and I hope someone from Edinburgh is the X Factor winner.” Other Edinburgh hopefuls waiting for their second audition included trio Jack Thompson, 16, Conor Cartwright, 21, and Jack McNeill, 20, who all came to the auditions together and started performing outside the stadium to pass the time.

Mr Thompson, who sings as well as playing guitar, said: “I performed one of my own songs called The Show Must Go On and FMLO’s Sexy and I Know It.

“I have not done this before but I have done Britain’s Got Talent which is fun – I like it better.”

Mr Cartwright also received “positive feedback” after performing Riptide by Vance Joy but said he thought there would have been more people at the event after one steward confirmed there had only been around 500 people in total.

However, Mr McNeill, who auditioned last year, said he was invited back by email after the producers saw his rendition of Royals by Lorde.

“I auditioned with a girl I’d met the day before in the Glasgow auditions last year and they wanted to split us up because she could not sing.

“It was nerve-wracking and I wasn’t going to come this year but then I got an email saying congratulations you got through.”

Asked if they thought they could make a good band Mr McNeill joked: “Maybe, they could put us in a boy band and call it Wrong Direction!”

But it wasn’t smiles all round as many wannabe stars were left in tears after failing to make the grade.

Ella Fallon, of South Queensferry, performed under her stage name Elbeney Lexus and said she was going to ask for a second opinion after being rejected by one producer. “The problem was basically that I had met the producer before so I’m going back now to speak to someone else,” the mum-of-five explained.

“I want a second opinion because she’s just one person – the impression from people around me was that it was alright so I’m not taking it lying down.”


The X-Factor first came to our screens in 2004 with music mogul Simon Cowell scouring the country in the hope of finding the next big star.

And Edinburgh and the Lothians has had its fair share of talent with hopefuls such as West Lothian’s Leon Jackson, who won the fourth series of the show in 2007.

The Whitburn teenager, who was only 18 at the time of his first audition, impressed the judges and was mentored by Danii Minogue.

He also performed a duet with Kylie Minogue in the final and received the £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell’s company Syco.

More than 12 million people tuned in to watch the final with Jackson describing the moment as “not real”. In 2007 he had the best selling single from a British Male Artist beating the likes of Mika, Take That and Mark Ronson.