Britain’s Got Talent audition in Bognor Regis

Andrea Webb, 11, Picture by Kate Shemilt C141088-6
Andrea Webb, 11, Picture by Kate Shemilt C141088-6

TV HOPEFULS took part in the first Bognor Regis auditions for hit show Britain’s Got Talent.

A total of 19 acts turned up to showcase their skills in front of the two Thames TV judges.

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C141088-4 Bog Dec11 Talent phot kate'Amelia Green, 17.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141088-4 SUS-140612-202848004

First of the hopefuls to arrive at the Riverside Caravan Centre was singer Lauren Miller.

Lauren, 20, of Servite Close, Bognor, sang Out Here On My Own from Fame after getting to the centre about 90 minutes before the scheduled start.

She said: “I’ve sung duets with my mum, Karen, in old peoples’ homes but I mostly sing in my bedroom at the moment.

“It brings me out of myself because I have Asperger’s syndrome and it leaves me with more confidence.

“When I sing, it helps me become myself.”

Jobless Lauren has appeared twice with Rainbow Productions at the Regis Centre and is also a member of BROS Musical Productions.

“I love being on stage. It’s my dream to be on show like Britain’s Got Talent.

“I don’t think I would believe it if I made the show.”

Second to arrive was Elizabeth Woolmer, 12, of Littlehampton.

She sang an a cappella version of Adele’s Someone Like You.

“Singing is something I like to do. I sing at school, Great Ballard, a lot,” she said. “I sing all day.

“Adele is just amazing and she is an inspiration to me.”

She has been accepted for performing arts scholarship at the Arabesque school.

Casey Oliver, 11, also from Littlehampton, performed Hall of Fame by The Script.

She said: “My passion is for singing. It helps me be more confident around my friends.

“If I was chosen for the show, it would feel like all my work had paid off.”

A different kind of performance was put on by Peter Lambert which involved a unicycle and spinning plates while juggling knives and balancing on a roller ball at the same time.

The 32-year-old from Hailsham has a circus pedigree.

He said he believed the ballroom at the Riverside Caravan Centre was a big enough setting for his act.

Central Avenue resident Amelia Green, 17, turned up with her guitar for her third audition in spite of a cold.

She said her previous two experiences in London – when she was 12 and 13 – had deterred her from previously trying again.

“I love music as a whole. I’m in my last year of education. I want to do as much with music as I can.

“I want to be a producer when I am older. I love old-school music, the sixties and rock’n’roll.”

She said her audition would either be a song from Grease or one from Ella Henderson.

Jazz music was the chosen piece by dancer Andrea Webb, 11, of Highcroft Crescent.

“I love everything about dancing,” she said.

“I’ve been dancing since I was three. I forget about everything else when I’m doing it.

I dance every night from Monday to Saturday.

The auditions started at the Shripney Road venue at a delayed 6.30pm and took 100 minutes.

Showbiz agent John Howe, who arranged the event, said: “Everyone was given a letter which said they would be contacted if they had made it through to the next round.

“The guys from Thames TV gave no indication as to who that would be.”