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Sussex X Factor hopefuls audition at the Amex
Crowds of people lined up to prove they were X-tra special.
The X Factor travelling tour bus rolled into the American Express Community Stadium, where a crowd of about 100 people were lining up to prove their singing credentials.
Among the hopefuls who got through was Jarrad Partridge, 18, who lives near Chichester.
Jarrad has a tag preventing him from leaving the house at certain times, which he received in court.
He wanted to attend auditions in London but because of his tag was unable to – he would not have got home on time.
He said: “I love singing and I am always singing.
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got in with the wrong crowd but now I want to change.”
One person who did not get through – because she was two months too young – was Hayley Mitchell.
Varndean School pupil Hayley, |from Whitehawk, sang an Adele |song.
Hayley turned 16 in April but applicants had to celebrate their landmark birthday by February to be allowed through.
Her stepfather Steve Jackson said: “She is really good, a great singer, and she has been through a lot.”
Hayley added: “I am a bit nervous but I am really looking forward to it.”
Cardinal Newman pupil Olivia Hawkins, 16, from Hove, sang Jessie J’s Price Tag. She is always singing in school assemblies and said: “I love to sing.”
Mac Parker, 17, from Eastbourne, has attended three X Factor auditions already but has yet to achieve his dream.
The Sussex Downs Park student was turned away again yesterday.
He said: “I know it is a bit clichéd but I want to be a star.
“I was turned down last year and I went to London this year but didn’t get an audition as it was so busy.”
If Daniel Packham’s singing aspirations fail then he has another career. The 24-year-old, from Crawley, is a geophysicist.
Daniel, who could not decide whether to sing Adele or Maroon 5, said: “I just thought I would come along. I’ve sung in the theatre in front of thousands so I am not nervous.”
Event manager Sam Leighton Clay, from Brighton Marina, said: “I want a platform to sing. I need a platform.
“I’m 20 now. You get to that age where you need something. You get frustrated.”
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