The X Factor Australia – How My Audition Went Yesterday! (Introduction)
A shot of my contestant number as I waited in the holding room (Click, then click again in new window to enlarge!)
The application form asked: “why do you want to audition for The X Factor?” and to be honest, getting laid was probably my main motivation! Emma thought it would be funny to write that in, and I did. But putting my dreadful single life aside, I was pretty eager to experience the audition process for myself and see how it differed from Australian Idol, which I tried out for three years ago in its last season.
For those who don’t know, I’m Anthony – Emma’s (realityraver) intern and a Communication student from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)! I started contributing to this site for the last month or so. And auditioning for The X Factor Australia yesterday was for my personal interest, but also something I wanted to do as an insight for the blog.
Monday was the last day to audition in Sydney, and so I ran to the local library in Cabramatta on Sunday to print off the application form and waited for Emma’s plane to land to chat about how I should answer the questions! I’m glad I had the time to sit down all night to fill it in, while lots of people actually did it on the day while waiting in the queue.
I strived to be different, and even a bit funny with my answers. I’m sure everyone would yarn about the same generic thing about their big dreams, so I focused on bringing diversity to the show through my Vietnamese background and gayness (is that the right word?)
Because we all know, these sort of talent shows need more than the talent! It’s the emotional backstory that really hooks them in. I almost felt exploited, feeling the need to jot down my personal misgivings in order to up my chances of getting further in the competition. I filled out the form as honestly as I could and tried to give a full picture of who I am.
I wrote about my love for Vietnamese music before I started to learn English at school, with my sisters and I often performing for our parents or relatives when we were little. My childhood was very difficult when my parents separated as I spent primary school living back and forth between Mum and Dad. And when I came to high school, I really struggled with being gay and hearing a lot of homophobic remarks in the classroom. It came to a point where I stopped going to school and eventually dropped out at 15. In the midst of that, my family were facing serious criminal charges, and I ran away from home to live in a youth refuge.
Since then, I’ve come to live permanently with my mother and completed my high school education at TAFE to get an ATAR score of 95.
Having overcome a lot of hardship in my early life, I am really proud of what I’ve achieved. And my passion for music has never faded. In my first year at uni, I managed to start up the UTS Glee Club, which has up to 30 members! We rehearse every week and perform throughout the year in flashmobs, on-campus concerts and both paid and charity events. I tried to convince them to come along with me to audition, but no one was keen on the early morning adventure.
So, I was alone that morning when I got to the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour at 6.30am. I ran from Town Hall station, crossing my fingers that there was no more than 50 people lined up in the queue! Could you imagine how surprised and disappointed I was when I found eight people in the line? EIGHT! I woke up at 4am and endured a 1.5 hour public commute to push through a crowd of eight people? I joked on twitter the night before that even if I failed my audition, being groped in the crowd would make it worth it. I was not groped in this ‘crowd’.
You can read more about my audition in the next instalment.
Here’s a recording of me singing! It’s just a short piece I recorded at uni (you’ll still hear some noise in the background!)
And here’s the link to a video of me performing with some UTS Glee Club members at a Cancer Council Relay for Life event last year. I’m the first to sing.