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Council searches for X-Factor

Council searches for X-Factor ​If you think you’ve got the X-factor, then it’s time to nominate for the 2018 Canterbury-Bankstown Talent Advancement Program (TAP). No  

​If you think you’ve got the X-factor, then it’s time to nominate for the 2018 Canterbury-Bankstown Talent Advancement Program (TAP).

Auditions, to be held at Bankstown Arts Centre from Wednesday 6 December to Friday 8 December, will see more than 100 year 7-12 students vie for a place.
The young vocalists accepted into the program undertake a series of workshops, led by experienced coaches and mentors, aimed at strengthening their voices and stage presence.
They are also given the opportunity to perform at a range of festivals and events.
TAP Creative Director, Helen Pain, said the judges have a checklist of qualities to help select next year’s participants.
“We’re on the lookout for someone who is enthusiastic, eager to better themselves and someone who wants to commit to development,” Ms Pain said.
“But one size does not fit all. We’re looking for shy students just as much as the outgoing ones - someone with pure, raw talent just as much as a polished performer. That’s the beauty of the stage – it’s not about anything else but the presence.
“The most important thing is being able to connect with the audience. We need to think ‘wow, with some assistance, this singer can reach people’.
“The best way to improve as a performer is to perform – a lot - and the students will be given that opportunity.
“They might start the program with rap as their preferred style but the opportunity to explore other avenues might see them leaving as a ballad singer.”
City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the program had gone from strength to strength since it was launched in 2002.
“TAP has discovered and nurtured more than 350 vocalists, some who have gone on to do great things in performing arts,” Mayor Asfour said.
“The talent we have in Canterbury-Bankstown is absolutely amazing. Who knows, the next big star could well be in the next intake.
“But first and foremost, this program is about the development of our youth to be confident, great people and ambassadors.”
Prior to this year’s auditions, TAP mentors and coaches will hold music workshops on 15 November (female students) and 17 November (male students) respectively, so they can get a taste of the program. For more information about the workshop, or to register, go to

 8/11/2017 2:52 PM