Britain’s Got Talent comes to Sheffield for first time

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IT’S been wowing TV audiences year after year - and now the country’s biggest talent show is finally coming to Sheffield!
Britain’s Got Talent is holding auditions in the city for the first time ever next month, giving dancers, musicians, comedians and more quirky performers the chance to find stardom.

Hopefuls can show off their talents at Sheffield City Hall on November 6, and if they’re successful will go on to appear early next year before the panel of star judges - Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

The auditions mark the competition’s debut visit to South Yorkshire and organisers are hoping to discover the next big showbiz phenomenon in the county.
Britain’s Got Talent is open to any performer of any age and background - all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress the judges.

Previous winners have included urban dance troupe Diversity and opera singer Paul Potts, while last year viewers’ hearts were stolen by teenager Ashleigh Butler and her dancing dog, Pudsey.

The programme also uncovered something of a musical phenomenon in the form of Susan Boyle, who racked up more than 11 million YouTube hits with her performance of I Dreamed A Dream at 2009’s auditions.

Susan has since become a huge recording artist and a musical play based on her life is now touring the globe.

The 2013 run will be the talent show’s seventh series and each year contestants compete for a coveted slot at The Royal Variety Performance. Whoever wins could also see a boost to their bank account - last year’s winner scooped more than £250,000 in prize money, paid for out of Simon Cowell’s own pocket.

Sam Donnelly, Britain’s Got Talent’s executive producer, said the team were looking forward to bringing the auditions to Sheffield.

“Britain’s Got Talent is a show like no other, and after a fantastic series in 2012 we want to make sure that our next series is packed to the rafters with the very best variety talent around too,” Sam said.

“We’ve never been to Sheffield before so we’re really excited - we hope to discover some amazing talent.”

 Anyone interested in auditioning for the show should visit www.itv.com/talent to apply online. Log on to www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Britains-Got-Talent- for more details about the auditions.

 Are you going to enter? Tell us what your talent is or email a short video clip, of no more than 20-seconds, including your full name, address and phone numbers, with Talent in the subject field, to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk