Don’t get lost using the underground . . . I did, the tube can be a vast maze of tunnels, so plan your journey.It’s 1pm and I’m lining up with thousands of excited spectators to watch the live filming of Syco Management’s The X Factor, the show has come a long way since series 1 back in 2004 where the auditions were performed in front of just a handful of judges, but todays performers face a huge crowd.It’s my first experience and what’s interesting is that I always thought it took place at night. The biggest show on British TV and tickets are extremely hard to come by, especially priority seating, I feel like a VIP. I had to collect my ticket at 11am and I made sure that I was punctual, English people are not like us Venezuelan’s, things actually start at the time they are supposed to!
- Get there early, give yourself plenty of time . . . things tend to run on time here in the UK (Panting) I… made… it!!
3. Keep your ear to the ground, and be aware of what’s happening around you … I over heard someone explain that the doors have not been opened because the judges have not yet arrived. Ha! I guess English punctuality is not how the rest of the world thinks it is… but it’s good to know as I can now get to a better position to see Simon Cowell when he arrives.
4. Remember everyone around you is probably as excited to be there as you are… so I guess that everybody likes Simon Cowell. Why does that surprise me? I thought it was a foreign thing. Now that I think about it… what was I thinking?! Foreign thing… Of course everyone likes Simon and with that Simon Cowell’s Roll’s Royce has arrived, and people of all ages get extremely excited.
5. Pay attention, listen and follow instructions … before the show starts a warm up comedian and presenter talks to the audience, everyone appears to be having fun and laughing, this guy, Stuart Holdham‘ must be funny, but if i’m honest I couldn’t really understand quite what he was saying? lol
OK I guess I should stop saying that I am bilingual’ because clearly I do not speak English as well as I thought! Sad… because everybody else is laughing hysterically.
The judges walk in, one by one, while the audience claps and screams and everyone gets on their chairs trying to get a good photo.
6. Have your camera ready … as you just don’t know when a great photo-opportunity arises. It’s funny how for all of us watching it’s a big day, massive excitement, but for the judges, it is just another day of work. I wonder how they feel? I’m sure it must be nice to have people screaming when they see you every week…
7. Don’t use up all your memory or battery power … as when the auditions start you might want to take photos or videos of acts. As the auditions start i realise this guy is talented, and so is the next girl, and in fact everybody i’ve seen today is really good. I wanted to put together a video clip of many acts, but my phone was full and while deciding which old videos to delete, my battery died, DOH!
8. Make notes of performances, names and styles . . .
Cheryl commented on one of the acts, a band, but she sees that one of the band members is doing a good job, i thought this Guy’s great! Cheryl thought so too as she stated that he could have a good chance by himself. But this was not received well by the audience as the start to reply, the crowd gives Cheryl a boo!
9. Make eye contact, stand out and be unique … In between auditions, the presenter talks to the audience and invites people to meet the judges, I was hoping it would be me but this time a little girl was chosen. Kids have the world at their feet and they do not even know it! A while ago, that could have been me, hugging Simon Cowell and Rita Ora.
10. Do your research, have something intelligent to say … i’m sat a few rows back from Simon and the Judges, and between auditions people call out their names, what i thought was really nice was the judges actually replied, turning to wave and chat with those around them. But would they turn around if I yell in Spanish? I yelled; “Simon, te amo.” Simon turned around and waved, i almost fainted, lol.
So, that was my summary of The X Factor, i got to meet a lot of talented people and it was definitely an experience that I love to enjoy of over and over again, and you never know Simon might read my blog and invite me for tea! I’d definitely faint, lol x