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Inspired by Cher Lloyd? Now it's your chance to become a Pop Icon!

Residents aged between 12 and 18 who were inspired by local singers Cher Lloyd and Becky Hill now have an opportunity to become Worcestershire's Pop Icon 2012.

The search is now on as the County Council is calling for young vocalists or vocalist groups (no more than four) to sign up for auditions that will take 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 the judges.

Regardless of how long you have been singing, come along to one of the audition dates to gain an honest and professional opinion. Friends and family are all welcome for support and additional encouragement will be given from staff in order for you to perform at your best.

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 Friday 2 November at the Artrix in Bromsgrove.

Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer for Worcestershire County Council, said: "Practise, perform and have fun! If you fancy being crowned the best singer in the county and you are confident and ready for some tough competition, then we'd love to hear from you. Just give us a call or apply online to come along to one of our audition dates taking place throughout October. Our friendly and supportive judges will with give you an honest and professional opinion in a fun environment."

Pop Icons 2012 audition dates: ·

Artrix, Bromsgrove: Saturday, October 6, 2012 ·
The Hive, Worcester: Sunday, October 7, 2012 ·
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster: Saturday, October 13, 2012 ·
Malvern Theatres, Malvern: Sunday, October 14, 2012 ·
Number 8 Community Theatre, Pershore: Saturday, October 20, 2012

To find out more or book your audition place now, visit www.popicons.org or call/text 07583 202 203.