B&FC students hoping for success at College auditions for The Voice

Published on 28/04/2017 by pfi

A group of Blackpool and The Fylde College students are hoping to wow the judges when hit TV talent show The Voice comes to Blackpool.

In a first for B&FC, the College will host auditions for the popular ITV programme at its University Centre on Park Road on 4 May.

And B&FC’s BA Hons Musical Theatre students are hoping that home advantage will help them get through to the later rounds of the competition to perform in front of celebrity judges, including Sir Tom Jones and will-i-am.

Marlie Lewis, 19, from Leeds, said: “The College really supports us with auditions like this. If we ever need help we’re offered one-to-one assistance and can always bring our performances up to work on in tutorials.

“It’s in our interest to always work hard on things like this as we might not get such a good opportunity again, especially in a place where we all feel so comfortable performing.”

Nicole Appleby, 20, from Wolverhampton, added: “I’ve auditioned for the show before and got quite far but hopefully all the practice we do with our vocal coaches here has helped me improve, and the fact we’re performing regularly means I have a better chance this time.”

Frazer Mundy, 19, from Blackpool, is currently deciding between classic anthems Love Reign O'er Me by The Who or Sam and Dave’s immortal hit, Soul Man.

He said: “You need to stand out and everyone is doing songs by people like Adele or Sam Smith so I wanted to go in a different direction.”

Caitlin Roberts, 19, from Manchester, added: “I’m thinking of doing Youth by Daughter as I have been speaking to my vocal coach at College who agrees that it really suits my voice.”

Auditions for The Voice will take place in the theatre at B&FC’s University Centre on Park Road, Blackpool, on 4 May between 1pm and 4pm.  All entrants are asked to prepare one song to be performed acapella or to a backing track.

Nigel Brown, Head of Creative Arts and Digital Industries at B&FC, said: "We’re really proud to be hosting The Voice auditions at B&FC and hope we will see lots of talented singers turn up to take part.

“Having watched the show regularly, I know the level of entrants for The Voice is extremely high and lots of extremely gifted people don’t quite make it.

“At B&FC we spend a lot of time with our students helping them build the skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers and they receive high levels of one-to-one support from tutors so I am hoping our singers perform really well.

“However, the competition will be tight and I wish all those taking part the best of luck.”

For more information go to www.itv.com/thevoiceuk

B&FC offers more than 60 degrees – including BA Hons Musical Theatre – accredited by long-standing partner Lancaster University, ranked in the top 10 of universities in the UK.