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X Factor NZ pre-auditions to start

The search for New Zealand’s next recording superstar gets underway on October 11th when pre-auditions for The X Factor NZ begin in Auckland.

Pre-auditions for the hit TV3 series will be held in 13 locations throughout the country in the search to find the next generation of singers, groups or bands who will compete for the winner’s title in the 2015 series of this global television phenomenon.

Contestants who are successful at the pre-auditions will then go on to perform in front of the four judges, including Melanie Blatt and Stan Walker, plus two judges who will be announced in the coming weeks, host Dominic Bowden and a LIVE televised audience.

Series judge Melanie Blatt says she’s looking forward to seeing what local talent will shine through from the pre-audition round.

"I’m really excited about coming back to New Zealand, there’s some incredible musical talent in your country, as we saw in the first series. It’s fantastic that bands can also enter for the first time, it’ll add a whole new dimension to the competition. I can’t wait to see who steps up at the pre-audition round. This is the opportunity of a lifetime so if you think you have what it takes, our team wants to see you there!"

TV3 is also delighted to announce McDonald’s as the broadcast sponsor of The X Factor NZ, a cross-channel partnership that will be integral to bringing the series to Kiwi audiences.

"Watching New Zealand get behind The X Factor in 2013 inspired us to be even more involved this year," says Chris Brown, Director of Marketing for McDonald’s New Zealand.

"We’re thrilled to be returning as the broadcast sponsor in 2015. This will allow us to take our celebration of the amazing talent we have here in New Zealand to the next level. We’re also excited by the prospect of supporting the families and friends that make it all possible," he added.

The X Factor NZ is a SYCO owned format and will be co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia. NZ on Air is a minority funder of the show.

Pre audition dates and locations as follows:


Saturday October 11 - AUT City Campus, Auckland 10am - 5pm

Sunday October 12 - AUT City Campus, Auckland, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday October 14 - Performing Arts Centre Trust, Queenstown, 3pm - 8pm

Wednesday October 15 - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 3pm - 8pm

Thursday October 16 - New Zealand Institute of Sport, Christchurch, 3pm - 8pm

Friday October 17 - New Zealand Institute of Sport, Christchurch, 3pm - 8pm

Sunday October 19 - Nelson College, Nelson, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday October 21 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 3pm - 8pm

Wednesday October 22 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 3pm - 8pm

Friday October 24 - The Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North, 3pm - 8pm

Sunday October 26 - Napier Boys High School, Napier, 10am - 5pm

Monday October 27 - Rotorua Arts Village, Rotorua, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday October 28 - Club Mount, Mount Maunganui, 3pm - 8pm

Wednesday October 29 - Wintec Bill Gallagher Building, Hamilton, 3pm - 8pm

Thursday October 30 - Whangarei Athletics Club, Whangarei, 3pm - 8pm

Saturday November 1 - Alfriston College, Manurewa, Auckland, 10am - 5pm

Sunday November 2 - Alfriston College, Manurewa, Auckland, 10am - 5pm


- If you are a singer, group or band aged 14 or older as of 11 October 2014, find the audition location nearest to you.

- Visit the to download and print The X Factor NZ application form.

- Fill out the form ready to bring it to your local audition. Make sure you read the full terms and conditions on the website before you enter the auditions.

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