It costs about $150, if I were a Brit, I’d give it a shot.
A British college is offering a new course designed to help people prepare for X Factor auditions.ITV, which airs the U.K. version of the music competition show, on Tuesday reported about the course, which is called The X Factor Preparation Course. Bishop Auckland College in Durham, England is offering it.
The 17-week class, which costs about $150 (£95), promises students “tuition in singing and performing and coaching on how to project themselves confidently,” according to the college’s web site. It is taught by Susan Harris, who has worked with such musicians as Lenny Kravitz, according to ITV.
The course will start next Monday and end just before the start of auditions for the 10th season of the ITV show from SimonCowell‘s joint venture with Sony, Syco Entertainment. The ninth season saw continued ratings declines, leading to expectations of format changes and a renewed focus on strong talents this year.
“I wanted to run a course which prepared people for X Factor auditions and similar competitions across the country,” ITV quoted Mike Jinks, head of art, music and performing arts at the college, as saying. “Many applicants have talent, but need to work on key things, such as their singing technique and confidence.”
He added: “It’s not about just wandering in, singing a song and you’re famous. Most applicants have been doing the rounds for years working really hard – it’s very rare that you get a Susan Boylecharacter.”