This Christmas, intu Trafford Centre is launching ‘Light it up’ – it’s very own X Factor-style singing competition.
In a bid to find a local singer to share the glory of turning on the centre’s £1million festive light display - alongside a soon-to-be-announced pop star - the shopping centre is appealing for musical entries.
Much like the ITV talent show, intu Trafford Centre is asking for soloists or groups to send in their lyrical attempts online, before 20 acts are invited to perform in The Orient, the largest food court in Europe.
On 14 October, in front of a panel of entertainment experts from Manchester Evening News, Bauer Media and more, 20 finalists will then sing their heart out for the chance to perform at the centre’s Christmas Light Switch On.
The chosen singer chosen finalists will then have the chance to win over the hearts of the eight-thousand-strong crowd at the Lights event on 27 October. As well as this unique opportunity, the winning act will also receive a £1,000 intu Gift Card prize.
Richard Paxton, general manager of intu Trafford Centre, said: “We’re looking to find a great, local talent who just hasn’t been discovered yet at our ‘Light it up’ competition. We’re confident that out of the 31 million visitors that we attract every year, there must be a real star or two hidden in the mix.
“The intu Trafford Centre stage has been graced by the likes of McFly, JLS, Westlife, Olly Murs and Girls Aloud, so to launch a local singing career here would be very exciting.”
Entrants are asked to send a link to to their recording on a website such as YouTube, Veevo, SoundCloud etc. accompanied by their name and age, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23:59 on Friday 30 September.
All terms and conditions for the competition are available below.
Light It Up
Competition Terms & Conditions
Who May Enter
Entries are invited from singers or groups aged 13 and over.
For the purpose of this competition, the maximum number of group members is five. We will not accept entries from groups that exceed this number. Singers with professional recording contracts in place at the time of the competition may not enter.
Entrants should not include any singers who are closely related to a member of intu staff or anyone connected to this competition. Proof of eligibility may be requested. All singers must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the terms & conditions at all times.
How to Enter
Initial entry to the Competition will entail submission of a link to a recording. Entries must not be longer than 3 minutes each.
One entrant must be nominated as a group’s main contact. The entry recording file must be clearly marked with the name and telephone number of this contact. intu Trafford Centre will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. The entry recording must contain only the performances being submitted for this competition and performed by the group members intending to go forward into the later stages of the competition.
The named contact will be responsible for obtaining all permissions necessary from parents of any children participating before entering the competition. Proof of relevant consents may be requested.
Entrants must confirm that they have not entered into any commercial, sponsorship or other agreement or arrangement with any person, firm or company in respect of their entry in the competition and/or musical, musical writing and/or performing abilities and will not do so.
Entrants agree to make themselves available, at their own expense, at such times and in such locations as the Company may reasonably require in respect of the competition including without limitation rehearsals, publicity, press calls, photographs, recordings and/or other contributions. Such events will be organised and paid for by intu Trafford Centre.
The closing date for entries is Friday 30th September 2016. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
Progression To The Live Audition
A panel of shortlisting judges, appointed by intu Trafford centre, will listen carefully to the quality and style of the singing as demonstrated by the performances on CD. They will select 20 entrants for the live competition.
The judges will be selecting entrants throughout the competition using the following criteria:
Those invited to appear in the live audition will be informed by Monday 10thOctober 2016 via email or telephone.
The live audition will be held on 14th October 2016 at intu Trafford Centre. It may be recorded for later transmission on intu Trafford Centre media platforms.
Responsibility for transport to and from the live final venue will lie with the entrants.
Entrants under 16 will be expected to remain under the supervision of their parents during the live competition
Those selected to take part in the live audition will each be asked to perform two songs, to be agreed with intu Trafford Centre.
Progression to the Final
The final, chosen by the panel of shortlisting judges, appointed by intu Trafford centre, will be asked to participate in the live Christmas Lights Switch On Event on Thursday 27th October 2016.
The overall winning prize to the winning contestant, duo or group is £1,000 intu Gift Card to be paid to the winner within 60 days of the final.