We were very excited to receive a phone call in September from Syco Entertainment, the production team for Britain’s Got Talent! Having calmed ourselves (it took a moment!), they told us they were carrying auditions in the area. They already had some big venues (such as Norwich’s Castle Mall and Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre) arranged but they were looking for a music school to host auditions. After a bit of discussion on dates we managed to agree on Wednesday 10th October. We let all our students know immediately about this opportunity to gain valuable audition experience. The response was fantastic. Two thirds of the audition slots were taken immediately by our fantastic students ranging from 10 to 27 years. After a post on our facebook page (Jennifer Grace Music and Vocal Academy) the final few slots were taken by non-students. In fact we had so many people contact us we had to extend the auditions, but we were desperate to give everyone their chance to shine.
The production crew, Jordi and Laura arrived at 3pm and we started the first auditions at 3.45. Each audition consisted of a vocal performance and then a short interview to camera. Jordi and Laura were very friendly and reassuring but they were very clear that they weren’t in charge of making decisions – the videos had to be taken back to London to be reviewed before a decision could be made. It was a very busy and exciting evening, with act after act making their way upstairs to our performance area. Luckily our vocal coaches were on hand to help our students with their warm ups (and to deal with any last minute nerves). We listened anxiously from downstairs but all that preparation and stage confidence training really paid off. They all sang their hearts out and did themselves (and us) proud. We were informed that they would hear whether they had been selected for the next round by the end of February 2019 – a bit of a wait. However, in our view they are all successful and have taken another step in their musical journey. Congratulations to every person that took part. We have been contacted by The Voice and X Factor and hope to hold auditions for these for the next series. The BGT Team’s parting comment was that they hoped to come back to Jennifer Grace Music again. Personally, I can’t wait.