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Britain's Got Talent is visiting a Northumberland charity to find contestants for its new series

Producers of the hit TV show are looking for the next big star at Bedlington's Leading Link - home to the Northumberland's Got Talent contest

Britain's Got Talent judging panel
Britain's Got Talent judging panel

Producers from hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent are visiting a Northumberland charity next week to find the next big star.

Ahead of the ITV competition’s ninth series due to air later this year, scouts will host untelevised pre-auditions at Leading Link in Bedlington on Monday to unearth undiscovered talent.

Since 2008, Leading Link has hosted its own Northumberland’s Got Talent contest, with past winners including ‘Cat in the Hat’ Lucy Conroy, singer Chloe Wealleans-Watts and swing star Lewis Hill.

But now local acts are invited to take up the chance of earning a place in front of music supremo Simon Cowell and fellow judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

Jonny Hall is assistant manager of the charity, which aims to link communities and young people together in a more joined up approach beyond the school gates.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase this area to producers from London and highlight exactly what Northumberland has to offer in terms of talent.

“With our organisation’s emphasis on maximising the potential of young people in this area, we are delighted that they have chosen Leading Link as one of the stops on their visit to the North East.

“The thought that one of the acts that they see when they are here could be invited to audition in-front of Simon Cowell and the other judges on the main show is a very exciting prospect.

“Who knows - we could have the next winner of Britain’s Got Talent living right under our noses.”

All performers are welcome to attend, but producers have said they are looking for as much variety as possible.

Jonny explained: “We have been advised that the producers have already seen a huge amount of singers, and are looking for more variety on their visit - be that dancing, theatre, comedy, magic or whatever - so please apply if you have something unique and very special to showcase!”

Spaces are limited. Anyone interested should email jonny.hall@leadinglink.co.uk with their name, contact telephone number and type of act by noon on Friday.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and auditions will be filmed, although not broadcast on the show.

Performers can only attend if they have received an audition slot.


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