The X Factor came to Kirkcaldy - did the locals make it their own?

Amileigh Cormack from Methil sang at the  X factor auditions in Kirkcaldy (All pics by Fife Photo Agency)
Amileigh Cormack from Methil sang at the X factor auditions in Kirkcaldy (All pics by Fife Photo Agency)

The biggest show on television came to Kirkcaldy on Tuesday, searching for locals who have the X Factor.

The TV talent show spent all day from 11am-6pm in the Mercat Shopping Centre auditioning a steady stream of wannabe star singers.

Laura Brown from Cowdenbeath faced the X Factor camera

Laura Brown from Cowdenbeath faced the X Factor camera

Those who get the green light instead of the buzzer will find out in July whether they are one of the lucky ones who will make it through to sing in front of Simon Cowell and his fellow judges.

Brandon Sherrett (19), from Kirkcaldy, performed Sundara Karma’s song Flame for the X Factor producers.

He said that he decided to go along to test himself.

“I’ve done gigs,” he said, “I’ve also done busking before.

The Carlton Bakery in the Mercat celebrated the X Factor's visit to Kirkcaldy by making special cakes and biscuits

The Carlton Bakery in the Mercat celebrated the X Factor's visit to Kirkcaldy by making special cakes and biscuits

“I had no idea it was on today but I just felt that I should push myself out further.”

After a promising performance, he was told he would have to wait until July 17 before finding out whether he would progress to the next round of auditions.

Brandon added: “I don’t know what I want to achieve. Getting to play is the best thing.

“I could go nowhere and I would still be happy playing my guitar.”

David Stephens from Kirkcaldy took his turn in front of the talent scouts

David Stephens from Kirkcaldy took his turn in front of the talent scouts

Kayleigh Laing (23), from Cowdenbeath, admitted that she felt her audition “could have been better”, saying that nerves had affected her performance.

She said that a friend had urged her to take part.

“I got thrown out of the door by a friend,” Kayleigh said.

“I always like to sing in my room. I knew they were in town and I just thought, why not?”

Darren Hill, X Factor talent scout, said he was happy with the turn out.

“We arrived at 10am and already there was a line of people waiting,” he said.

“We’re looking for not just a singing voice, but the whole package, so hopefully we can find it here.”

Auditions have already taken place in Inverness, Elgin, Dundee and Perth, with Stirling and Edinburgh still to come.

Darren said: “We’ve been really impressed with some of the talent we’ve seen so far and here in Kirkcaldy we’ve had some fantastic singers, with a nice variety and there’s been a good spread of ages as well.”