CONTESTANTS young and old hoping for a shot at TV stardom descended on Portsmouth Guildhall for the latest round of Britain’s Got Talent auditions.
Hopefuls travelled from across the south coast to showcase their skills in the hope of being picked to battle it out on the primetime ITV1 talent show.
Among them was 44-year-old Nick Fieldsend, from Fareham.
Mr Fieldsend, who went blind nine years ago after being diagnosed with cancer, sang How Still My Love by Stevie Nicks.
He was asked to perform a second piece and so chose a second song penned by the singer-songwriter of Fleetwood Mac fame – Fall From Grace.
Mr Fieldsend said: ‘It was an experience. I’m glad I’ve done it.
‘I’ve always been told I can sing. I’m a fan of Stevie Nicks.
‘I’ll try again next year.’
Erin Cartmell, 12, from Nutbourne, near Chichester, sang Let It Go from the Disney hit Frozen.
She said: ‘My sisters watch it [Britain’s Got Talent]. I wanted to sing for them.
‘It was really scary. I had to sing in front of the producer.
‘My mum and my sister were there.
‘I’m in a band, but I was really nervous.
‘There was a massive queue. We waited for two hours.’
Shay Ross, 15, and his sister Sophie, 12, travelled with their family from Bovington in Dorset to take part in the auditions.
The pair also auditioned in London last year.
Shay sang Riptide by Vance Joy and Sophie performed Pack Up by Eliza Doolittle.
Sophie said: ‘I’ve done competitions in my school.
‘I want to be a singer.’
She said of her decision to perform the Eliza Doolittle track: ‘It’s full of emotion and upbeat.’
The winner of the eighth series of the hit show earlier this year was boy band Collabro.
Michael Auger, 24, from Petersfield, is one of the members of the successful five-piece.
The group had been together for just one month before wowing judges at the auditions.
The ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent will be aired on ITV1 next year.
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