Search is on for Vale’s next singing sen­sa­tion

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET - Jenny Foulds

Never mind au­di­tion­ing for the X Fac­tor – an Alexan­dria pub is look­ing for home­grown tal­ent as it launches a com­pe­ti­tion to find the Vale’s next big star. The Laugh­ing Fox has an­nounced the Fox Fac­tor – in a bid to find up to 48 budding singers to bat­tle it out for a chance to win £500. The com­pe­ti­tion will run over four weeks and will in­volve up to 12 acts belt­ing out their hearts to land a slot in the semi-fi­nals be­fore the grand fi­nale. Michael Kelly, man­ager of the pop­u­lar Bridge Street bar, said the con­test, which is open to any­one over the age of 14, will show there’s more to pubs than be­ing hang-outs for the older gen­er­a­tion. He ex­plained: “We are of­fer­ing a fan­tas­tic prize of £500 so it is def­i­nitely worth sign­ing up to our com­pe­ti­tion for a chance to walk away with large amount of cash.

“We re­ally want to drum up some sup­port for lo­cal pubs be­cause they are slowly dy­ing out.

“A lot of peo­ple will go out into Glas­gow for nights out in­stead of their lo­cal and we want to show them they don’t need to leave their town.

“Many will also go to su­per­mar­kets to pick up drink and have it at home but it’s not the same as go­ing down to your lo­cal and be­ing sur­rounded by good com­pany.”

He pointed out that younger peo­ple of­ten dodge pub­lic houses in the town, say­ing: “Pubs still have a stigma at­tached to them as be­ing places old men go to but we are mov­ing away from that and or­gan­is­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent events to at­tract more younger peo­ple.

“We have three pubs in the Vale so there is some­thing dif­fer­ent hap­pen­ing at each one.”

The Old Vale Bar on Main Street is host­ing a Fa­mous Lovers Theme Night on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, with pun­ters in­vited to dress up as fa­mous cou­ples, past or present.

There will be a prize for the best dressed cou­ple and a karaoke at 9pm.

The Pawn Lounge mean­while is hold­ing a Great Bri­tish Bake Off style com­pe­ti­tion, with more de­tails set to be an­nounced soon.

Michael said there’s al­ready been lots of in­ter­est in the singing com­pe­ti­tion and is urg­ing those in­ter­ested to sign up as soon as pos­si­ble to en­sure a slot. The con­test will be­gin on Fri­day, March 3 at 8pm and will con­sist of four weeks of au­di­tions.

Each week will be lim­ited to 12 singers who will per­form one song be­fore a panel of judges, and the best three singers from each au­di­tion will qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals, which will be hosted on March 31.

The top six per­form­ers will progress to the fi­nal on Fri­day, April 7.

And ev­ery­one will be able to en­joy a sing-song, with a karaoke open each com­pe­ti­tion night.

Michael added: “It seems to be hit­ting the right note with a lot of en­quiries com­ing in al­ready and we are ex­pect­ing a full house so please get in touch to reg­is­ter.

Any­body in­ter­ested should con­tact Michael on 01389 752242, drop into the pub or mes­sage the Laugh­ing Fox on their Face­book page.

Tak­ing the mic Michael Kelly at the Laugh­ing Fox

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