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15 January 2013, 09:42 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Bishop Auckland College is launching a course designed to prepare wannabe singers for X Factor auditions
The college claims to be the first in the country to offer the chance to prepare people for going on the X Factor.
The course takes place every Monday evening, starting on the 21st of January and costs £95 to complete.
Students enrolling on the 17-week programme, which ends just before the auditions stage begins, will receive technical tuition in singing and performing and coaching for confidence.
Mike Jinks, head of Art, Music and Performing Arts at Bishop Auckland College, said:
"I wanted to run a course which prepared people for X Factor auditions and similar competitions across the country. Many applicants have talent but need to work on key things such as their singing technique and confidence.
People auditioning also need to know that the ones who succeed on X Factor don't just walk in there blind. It's not about just wandering in, singing a song and you're famous.
Most applicants have been doing the rounds for years working really hard - it's very rare that you get a Susan Boyle character.
The course is also about giving people real, transferable skills. The biggest thing they will get out of it is confidence, whether this is for a future singing audition or a job interview.
There are plenty of colleges running this qualification but as far as I'm aware none of them have designed the course around the X Factor.''