X Factor-style pub competition looks for new talent in Hertfordshire

The Brookmans

The Brookmans

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THE new series of The X Factor hit our TV screens for the first time last Saturday night.

But while Take That singer Gary Barlow, chart-topping former N-Dubz star Tulisa, Lewis Hamilton’s girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh tour the country for fresh talent, a Welwyn Hatfield pub is looking much closer to home.

The Brookmans, in Brookmans Park, is launching The Pub Factor this weekend – an exciting opportunity for local singers and performers to hit the big time while also raising money for this year’s Children in Need appeal.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, pop along to the Bradmore Green establishment on August Bank Holiday Monday from 3pm for open auditions.

The competition is open to singers and vocal groups aged 16 and over and at stake are some fantastic prizes, including two days in the studio to record a CD.

“We love music and do everything we can to support live acts in our pub with something different going on every month”, said Lauren Bailey, deputy manager of Brookmans.

“We also believe there’s a lot of untapped talent out there, so we thought if there was a way we could help find the stars of tomorrow by putting our pub to good use and raise money for a brilliant cause like Children in Need at the same time, we had to go for it.”

The Brookmans, and its sister pubs The Black Horse in Woburn, The Embankment in Bedford and The Swan at Salford near Milton Keynes, have teamed up with singer/songwriter and recording artist Keni Stevens for The Pub Factor contest.

“Together we’re calling on great local singers and performers to come and show us what they’re made of,” added Lauren.

“We’ll be holding open auditions to put people through their paces and choose the best talent to take part in a glittering evening of stardom, celebrities and fun on Children in Need night in November, when the ultimate Pub Factor winner will be chosen.”

Performers are invited to sing or play live for the judges on Monday.

Ten lucky acts will then be selected to go through to a regional heat taking place back at the village pub in October, where they will perform live on stage to win one of two places at the grand final.

This takes place back at the Brookmans at a black tie event on Children in Need night – Friday, November 16.

A total of eight finalists from all the pubs taking part will be competing on the night in front of an expert panel of judges, which will include some well-known faces from the world of entertainment.

The overall winner will take home a trophy, as well as a prize package of a two-day session in a studio to record a CD, a photographic shoot, having their music put onto iTunes and a holiday.

Judge and co-organiser Keni Stevens will also arrange an introduction to a record label for the lucky winner and each of the four pubs promoting the event will offer the top performers paid work at their venue once a month.

In addition to collections in all the pubs taking part, tickets for the grand final will be available at a cost of £20 per person to include a buffet and a drink, with £5 from each ticket sale going to Children in Need.

“The Pub Factor really is going to be an incredible event that we hope will unearth some amazing undiscovered talent as well as raise much-needed funds for Children in Need,” added Lauren.

“We’re putting our best foot forwards to make it a huge success and we hope everyone out there will do the same.

“So make sure you either take part in the competition, come along on the night to lend your support or simply put your hand in your pocket to raise money for Children in Need.”

* To register to take part call the pub on 01707 664144 or visit www.brookmanspub.com

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