Glasgow’s SECC was awash with weird and wonderful wannabe singing superstars on Saturday March 31, as The X Factor 2012 auditions kicked off in style.
We caught up with some of the hopefuls, longing to follow in the successful footsteps of Little Mix, One Direction and Leona Lewis, to name but a few.
Vocal harmony duo (ooooh, how posh) Spotlight believe this could be their year to shine thanks to the success of Little Mix on last year’s show.
They gave us a sneak peek of their audition performance, singing Rihanna’s We Found Love. Do you think the girls have The X Factor?
Somebody who certainly looks like he has The X Factor is 55-year-old Rod Stewart lookalike Alex McLeish. With a similar gravelly tone to Rod’s, will Alex be sailing through to the next round?
We couldn’t help but be dazzled by one young Lady Gaga fan, who told us he had travelled all the way from Derry in Northern Ireland to audition.
With more jewels and glitter than an episode of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, let’s hope his rendition of Born This Way was just as fabulous as his fashion.
One lady who stood out in the crowd was 50-year-old Arlene Johnston.
Determined to flash more than a smile for the judges, the former air-hostess from Aberdeen, certainly made an impact.
The blonde bombshell sported hot pants and thigh high red PVC boots (Simon’s eyes will be popping out his head if she makes it onto the show) and appropriately, her audition piece was These Boots Are Made For Walking.
Well, she’d certainly brighten up the overs category. Johnny Robinson has nothing on Arlene!
Amongst the crowds, we also spotted some One Direction lookalikes (scream girls), rock chicks and a lot of peeps planning to perform Katy Perry tracks. Adele is so last season.
Host Dermot O’Leary was clearly loving the warm reception he received in Glasgow and noted that this year it would be fantastic to have a strong Scottish act in the live shows.
He said: “This stage for me, it’s more about spotting people who are great characters. I love it when we get to the studio and you get the whole of Wales cheering. I love the regionality so hopefully we get someone from Scotland this year.”
Have you spotted a potential winner in the crowd? Could this be Scotland’s year to shine? Let’s hope so.