The search for Worcestershire's Pop Icon 2013 is now on and the county council's arts team is calling for all young vocalists to sign up.

With ITV's X Factor now underway on our television screens, young local vocalists are being urged to register their interest to attend an audition near them.

Auditions for single vocalists or vocalist groups of up to four members are taking place at venues across the county in October.

The Pop Icons competition is open to Worcestershire residents, aged between 12 and 18, who have the potential and ability on stage to impress our judges.

Regardless of how long you have been singing, come along to one of our audition dates and meet our friendly and supportive judges. Just like the television shows, auditions will take place in front of a group of friendly and supportive judges and those who impress will be whisked off to one of the boot camps where they will be put through their paces by a group of industry experts. Practical advice and support will be available along the way and those who are successful will take part in the Grand Final on Thursday October 31 at the Artrix in Bromsgrove.

Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer, said: "You've seen it on TV now give it a go yourself. If you think you have what it takes to be crowned the best singer in the county we'd love to hear from you.

"You will need to be confident and ready for some tough competition, but our judges are friendly and supportive judges and they will give you an honest and professional opinion in a fun environment. "If this sounds like it's for you, give us a call or apply online to come along to one of our audition dates taking place throughout October."

Pop Icons 2013 audition dates:

  • Audition 1: Saturday, October 5, Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove.
  • Audition 2: Sunday, October 13, The Hive, Worcester.
  • Audition 3: Sunday, October 20: Evesham Town Hall.

To find out more or book your audition place now, visit or call 07583 202 203.