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My Audition for Must Be the Music on Sky 1

21 May 2010 35 Comments

My audition was today at Sunshine Studios in Manchester.

This was the first time I’ve ever auditioned for anything, ever.  I didn’t really know what to expect but it was fun.  I was really nervous, but I think it went OK.  When I told the producer what song I was going to sing he said “oh I love that song.”  I was thinking “yeah well I hope you still like it after this.”  I had to perform standing up which I was expecting, and don’t like doing.  My guitar has a strap but I prefer to be sitting down, especially when my legs feel like jelly.  There was just one guy and one lady with a huge video camera in this little room, but I was still so nervous.  My hair got stuck to my lip gloss near the beginning; I was still able to sing but it put me off a bit.  I can tell I’ve improved though, even since my performance last week.  When I’m rehearsing, I can play with my head up but as soon as anyone’s watching my eyes are glued to the strings.  But today I was looking up, into the camera.  I’m not sure if I was supposed to be looking into the camera, or at the guy, but I did a bit of both.  Turns out I love performing!

They weren’t giving comments or anything today, they were just trying to get through everyone as quickly as possible.  I got there an hour early and there were already 3 acts in the queue in front of me.  By 9am the queue went right round the building, and that was just for the pre-booked auditions, there was another queue for people that had just showed up.  Some of those people must’ve been waiting such a long time.

If they want me to come back for the judges’ auditions then they’ll call me in 2 and a half weeks.  I’m not sure I’ll be getting a call, but it was still a great experience.  At the very least, it’s fueled the performing bug that bit me a few weeks ago and has motivated me to keep practicing like  mad and perform at every opportunity I get.  So watch this space, I promise I WILL upload some more videos soon!  I’ve been working on some new songs, and one of them is finished (you can read the lyrics here) so I will record that soon.

35 Comments »

  • sandy reed said:

    Wow sounded like a great experience, what song did you audition? What did they say after your audition?

  • skintc said:

    I sung Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake. They didn’t say much. They just said they weren’t giving people feedback today, but that they would be in touch in a couple of weeks if they wanted me to come back.

  • sandy reed said:

    ooo nice song choice! good luck and im rooting for you!

  • pamela quinn said:

    hey, my audition is tomoro with my band… eek, we usually play full band and electric but they’ve asked us to play acoustic so im sooo nervous. did u have a mic? and did u get plugged in or anything ?? also what happened when u got there how did you know wat queue to stand in, what happens in registration and stuff ? i know loads of questions i’m just soo nervous.. did they ask you anything about yourself or anything??
    xxx

  • skintc said:

    Some people did bring amps etc and they didn’t seem to mind. There were 3 different rooms for auditions, one had a drum kit etc, one had a keyboard and then there was one for acoustics and singers etc. I didn’t have a mic, don’t know if the room with the drum kit had mics though.

    There were signs to tell you where to queue, I don’t know what it’ll be like in Glasgow, but I’m sure someone there will tell you. Make sure you bring all the forms with you and sign them in advance to save time, and don’t forget your ID.

    Everyone was really nice and helpful, so don’t be nervous. The guy who I auditioned for didn’t ask me much, just how old I was, what kind of music I played etc. There was a producer guy interviewing people in the waiting room, and getting back stories etc but he never got round to me. He was talking so an act who were wearing weird costumes. So dress crazy and he might talk to you!

    All the best.

  • ant mason said:

    Hey Beth,

    I did my audution today in glasgow! ws nervous as hell! but i managed to get through my song,but director didn’t really say anything apart from thank for auditioning ! how do you know it will be a couple of weeks before you hear from them?

  • skintc said:

    They told me it would be 2 and a half weeks. They’re auditioning up until the 30th of May, and then they have to review all the footage I guess and decide, will probably take them a while.

  • ant mason said:

    well I guess we dont have to hold our breath that long! Will let you IF i hear anything from them.

  • skintc said:

    Yeah same here, will blog again either way in a couple of weeks.

  • Ciannon said:

    Hey all!! i have been looking for information on this competition FOREVER!!! and i stumbled across this blog thingy :)
    I was wondering, if you don’t mind answering lol
    do you have to bring your own microphone??
    how many people were there??
    did you go for the open audition or did you receive a phone call to have specialist auditions? if so what is the difference?
    Did you travel down in costume or is there somewhere to get changed?

    thanks and good luck all!

  • skintc said:

    I don’t think you need to bring your own mic, I didn’t see anyone else with their own, they probably provide one if you’re not auditioning acoustically or acapella.

    There were a lot, I’m rubbish with numbers but I guess while I was there it was well over 100, maybe more. The queue went right around the building and I was near the front, and as I left there were still people queuing outside who hadn’t got in yet.

    I went for the pre-booking audition. The difference is that the pre-booked auditions start at 9 and the open auditions start at 10. So the people who were invited were auditioned first, and the open auditions had to wait, they were probably there a very long time.

    I didn’t wear a costume, but some people did, they already had them on, but I suggest phoning the venue to ask if there’s somewhere to change.

    Hope this helps!

  • Ciannon said:

    Thankyou, big help!!

  • shirley said:

    hi there, i went for the audition i manchester, they were a really nice and friendly team, i got chatting to this guy who i initialy thought was auditioning like me, but turned out he was one of the producers, he had a red book and was very friendly, i am a jazz singer and he seemed to like jazz, i sang an old song and i dont think the guys in the audition room had heard of it, but it goes down well every time i sing it in public,
    well good luck to everyone,

    shirl

  • skintc said:

    Did you audition on the Thursday or the Friday? I was there on the Friday.

  • shirley said:

    hi i auditioned on friday, but at 1.00pm,

  • jenni said:

    Did anyone get a ticket at the end of their audition to go on and speak to a researcher? Some people were getting handed tickets but not all.

  • skintc said:

    No, I didn’t get one… :(

  • jenni said:

    Wouldn’t worry about it. I think if you got one it was to speak to researchers because you hadn’t done it before the audition. I also noticed it was only a couple of bands who got them so maybe it was a band thing because they would need more info as there’s more people in a group.

  • shirley said:

    i saw one guy from the band section with a ticket so i asked one of the runners and she said its for people who havent spoken to a member of production team, she said that the the guy with red book was one of them, some people were asked questions before by some researchers with questionarres, the main guy with the book went into the audition room, it does make you wonder as it was like the golden ticket thing, but im not going to worry about it, i do know they are only contacting successful applicants,

  • skintc said:

    It just makes you think, because on other shows like X Factor and BGT, even at the audition stage the contestants always have a little back story already, and the judges know what questions to ask them about themselves to get the answers they want everyone to hear.

    Did they tell you how long it would be before you hear anything? They said 2 and a half weeks to me, which would mean early next week, that’s if they contact me at all. If I don’t hear anything by Thursday, I’ll assume I didn’t get through.

  • shirley said:

    to be honest my mind went blank but i think they said within 3 weeks of audition, i felt like it went well at first but now im thinking i wont hear anything, its all i dream about, singing is my life, its hard if there are knock backs but you have to keep trying, i got this bug from when i appeared on “stars in their eyes,”
    good luck
    shirl

  • Aidan said:

    guys and girls!
    I went to the audition in Dublin. When i got there for the morning session there was no queue but once i got in there were about 40 people waiting in a dance studio/holding room. I was interviewed by a lovely young enough man who seemed genuinely interested in my background and such. The room emptied a bit and i even got a round of applause from the ppl there after a practice run i played. :) when i went to wait outside the audition room I was with an elvis impersonator. Im not saying he wasnt impressive (he got a good few stares) but I wondered about his chances. anyway he went in ahead of me so I wasnt too worried about going in.

    Once i got in the door, there was an older man sitting at a desk and a young guy at a camera. the older man began asking me about the music and he started choking on a biscuit or something…he left the room coughing and spluttering and i kind of looked at the cameraman bewildered…he just said “you can talk to me instead!” and we both laughed a bit.

    my audition went very well. i think i gave it my all so hopefully I’ll get a call back…i wont stop waiting for the phonecall until the show is on TV haha!

    I really want to know if anybody else has gotten a call back yet though!

  • skintc said:

    Ha ha, the bit about the man choking on a biscuit made me laugh! The audition room sounds like the same set-up I had, but there were so many people waiting in Manchester, way more than 40.
    So has anyone had a call-back yet? It’s only been 2 weeks today for me so I’m not giving up hope yet!

  • Ciannon said:

    hey all!!
    I Had my audition in london, the pre booked audition que was bigger than the open auditions! there were sooooo many people, I too saw people with a golden ticket and assumed that they had an early acceptance, i am SO glad reading earlier comments that it was just for an interview…I had one of those with one of the producers, she was really cool :) just asking questions and putting it on this official looking slip which, when i asked what it was for she said, the other producers to review with the auditions.

    I loved it! the two guys i sang for were really friendly, they made me laugh”/ the only downside i would say was the room was really echo-y and i sing classical music :/ so i am a wee bit nervous. but they said in a week and a half they would be calling people, so that should be anyday after sunday for all you guys wondering since london on sunday 30th was the last audition and i attended that one…
    GOOD LUCK!!

  • shirley said:

    hi someone on “unreality” shout has said they know people that have been called from manchester, apparently they called on tuesday and last night, so i feel thats it now, never mind, i just hate this waiting,
    shirl

  • Tam said:

    Heya!
    I auditioned in Cardiff. I sang my own song – not sure if it was a good choice, but still, I enjoyed it. The man behind the desk asked me things like who I’d compare myself to, and what I want to do in the future. I also played guitar and had to stand. I had to have the guitar strap quite high because I have problems with my wrist when playing bar chords. I did my audition in May, and they said I’d know in three weeks – it’s coming up to four now, but some people have said that if you don’t get a reply bu July, you haven’t got through. I’d love to get through though!!
    I wonder who the judges will be – any ideas? :P

  • skintc said:

    They have already announced the judges, they’ve updated the page on the Sky 1 website – http://sky1.sky.com/music

    It’s funny, cos in Manchester when the producer gave his little speech about the show he said he couldn’t confirm the judges yet, but he said one of them is the biggest name in music at this moment in time. I was so tempted to shout “is it Dizzee Rascal?” but as a joke. I wish I had now.

  • shirley said:

    yes i remember that speech, have you read all the comments on unreality shout forum,you can read all peoples comments, who has had call backs etc, i got an email to say they are making decisions this week and will call successful people, but someone has said tht they are auditioning in manc on monday!
    i saw the judges names plus they are advertising again,

  • ant mason said:

    Hey Beth

    Kinder wish we knew more about this call back process they should have given everyone fixed dates when we would know by i.e 17 june not just 3 weeks or 4 weeks, to make things worse so many rumours circulating about callbacks whose got them and who hasn’t!

  • Tam said:

    Hey,

    I’ve heard that a load of people from Manchester have been called back, and some from London. I don’t think they’ve started on places like Cardiff and Newcastle yet …… Argh! I just want to know!

  • shirley said:

    hi beth,
    have you heard back yet?

  • Beth Rudkin (author) said:

    Nope, I don’t think I will now. Nevermind. I’m not totally gutted. I am looking forward to watching the show now! And there’s always next year…

  • Annabel Jackson said:

    OMG! Dizzee Rascal is going to be one of the judges!!! AHH i really want to get through!! has anyone had a callback who auditioned in Newcastle??????? i really want to know! Thanks x

  • Abbie said:

    Hey guys.

    Were do they actually do the auditioning and where can i find out? Because I really want to audition after all. This oppotunity only comes once in a lifetime!!!!

    Thank you very much :)

  • Beth Rudkin (author) said:

    The show started yesterday so I’m afraid it’s too late now.

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