Kyle Moir, 10, of New Brighton, does his best to convince judges Pam Barnes and Rob Menzies that he has what it takes to win Australia’s Got Talent.
Kyle Moir, 10, of New Brighton, does his best to convince judges Pam Barnes and Rob Menzies that he has what it takes to win Australia’s Got Talent. Cathy Adams

Talent search arrives in Byron Bay

EVERYBODY wants to be famous, and yesterday more than 100 star struck hopefuls took their chances at the auditions of Australia’s Got Talent, held at the Byron Bay Entertainment Centre.

 The program’s producers have launched a hunt for the nation’s hottest undiscovered talent to appear on the next season of the popular TV show on Channel Seven.

Auditions were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart, with Byron Bay chosen as the final destination.

Kyle Moir, 10, of New Brighton, said he was hoping the audition would launch his career.
“I want to be an entertainer,” he said.

Kyle took some last-minute advice from his mum while trying to calm his nerves before his audition.
“Remember to use the stage Kyle,” Mrs Moir said.

 Wearing a black PVC jacket, matching headband and white sneakers, Kyle belted out the Jet song Are You Going to Be My Girl, while mum prompted him to remember his moves from her seat in the audience.

Executive producer Pam Barnes said the standard of auditions had been very varied, but judges were looking for ‘the X factor’.

“It’s all about performance,” she said.

Ms Barnes said auditions were held in Byron Bay because of the area’s reputation for circus performers.

“Internationally circus is very popular,” she said.

Spaghetti Circus team member Jasmin McLachlan, 14, of Byron Bay, was part of a 14-person troop which auditioned yesterday.

Jasmin said it was all about having fun.

“It’s a good experience and there is the possibility we might get to the next level,” she said.

Jasmin, who wants to be a professional performer, said there were good employment prospects as a street performer or at festivals.

“Plus you get to travel,” she said.

Next season’s series will see celebrities Dannii Minogue, Red Symons and Tom Burlinson as judges.

Northern Star columnist Sandi Gandhi made it through to the finals.


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