Get ready to jingle those Xmas sleigh bells and stretch your vocal chords at the open auditions for the next Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City Christmas Star

Got talent? Think you can sing? Well here’s your chance to appear on stage and screen! Every year the Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City select one lucky amateur performer to take to the stage and perform!  So do you have the Xmas -Factor?

“These are the only televised carols in the country that offer this opportunity to new talent,” says Leisa Barry-Smith, Carols in the City producer. “We have so much talent in Queensland, and we think that talent should be given the chance to shine on the Brisbane Riverstage!”

The 2012 winner Josh Daveta says it was something that he needed to do.  “I saw the poster for the auditions and it was a feeling, I just knew I had to do it,” he says.

“People are doing their shopping while I’m singing my heart out for this audition! The great thing was though as I started singing people stopped and an audience formed, so that was a great confidence boost.

“You have to not be afraid to just be yourself and involve everybody in what you’re doing. And also because I sang in tune, that’s important too!”

And confidence is key, says Barry-Smith. “The main thing that we look for, apart from talent, which obviously has to be there, is confidence. The actual night can be so daunting – aside from the millions of people watching at home, there are thousands of people in the audience in front of you, so you have to be confident that you can handle that. You need to show us that you’re really going to take it and run with it.”

The winner performs a solo number live at the carols on the Riverstage, Saturday 14 December at 7.15pm. The auditions will be held at the Queen Street Mall Stage on 30 November at 9am with the finals round occurring at 2pm on the same day.