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The judging panel on the last series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

SCOUTS Britain’s Got Talent will take their search for fresh flair to Shetland for the first time next week ahead of the popular ITV show’s ninth series in 2015.

The production team will be at Mareel’s Green Room between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 28 October before heading to The Lounge Bar for an open mic session that evening.

The scouts will also be going along to see what Shetland’s baton twirlers and gymnast have to offer in the afternoon.

ITV’s junior casting researcher Sophie Brown will be visiting along with a colleague as part of a new regional tour. It is designed to give anyone who might not be able to attend the main Scottish auditions in Glasgow’s SECC the chance to be spotted.

“We have to reach out to find people who can’t necessarily travel to the main audition cities,” Brown said. “We know the talent’s there, and we’re not going to leave any stone unturned.

“We’re hoping to have a great turnout and to see all the talent that’s in Shetland while we’re there.”

The show, which has spawned the careers of acts including Susan Boyle, Ashleigh and Pudsey and this year’s winners Collabro, is open to “any performer of any age, from any background, with any talent – all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress. Anything goes from comedians to contortionists, dancers to drag acts and acrobats to animals”.

Auditions are taking place between now and December ahead of the judges’ audition tour next year.

Singers are being advised to prepare two songs to a backing track if possible, while dancers and variety acts should try to keep their routines brief to ensure as many acts as possible get the chance to be seen.

  • Anyone interested in auditioning can register their interest by emailing Shetland Arts at admin@shetlandarts.org.
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