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The Realistic Factor

27th September 2011


Another year, another X factor season fills our TV screens, with millions of wannabe popstars hoping for a taste of the high life.

Despite the freak show element of the early rounds, we find ourselves drawn into the lives and emotions of the auditionees, following their journeys week by week, to find out who will eventually be crowned the X factor winner.

Let’s face it, it’s good TV!

Although it is undoubtedly fun to watch, the problem with X factor, and other programmes like it, is that it creates false hope for thousands of people, that don’t necessarily have the vocal ability or even the life skills to cope with the rejection that may follow. Many of these people truly believe that they can win the competition and become rich and famous, with very little experience or talent at all.

 There are many routes you can follow to establish a career in the music business, but if you do believe that you have a great voice, and choose to go to auditions, it may initially be helpful to get a second opinion, before you spend a fortune on clothes, travel and accommodation.

A professional singing teacher can a) give you an objective opinion and b) help you prepare your audition piece and give you real advice about these auditions.

 There are, in fact, many other competitions like Open Mic UK or Live & Unsigned, that can give you a platform to show off your vocal talents, but that have smaller regional auditions and fewer applicants.

Singing lessons can improve your voice; they can also boost your confidence! A good teacher will be a good listener and very able to give you the skills that you need to perform well, as a singer, but these skills will also translate into other areas of your life  – “the way you do one thing is the way you do everything”.


For more information, or to book a free trial singing lesson please call

Zoe on 07788 585009 or email Website