SINGING hopefuls looking to follow in the footsteps of East Lancashire X Factor sensation Grace Davies are being invited to the first lot of open auditions for the 2018 show.

The audition team is back on the road, scouring the country for budding hopefuls to take part in series 15 of the hit music show.

And this year the team will be coming to Blackpool. Groups or solo singers aged 14 or above can apply online, registering for the upcoming event or turn up in person on the day.

The X Factor team will be at TW Studios on Blackpool Promenade on Sunday from 10am – 2pm. 

Everyone who turns up on the day will be guaranteed an audition.

Last year, Grace, from Langho, wowed judges with a series of self-penned songs which propelled her all the way to the final day where she lost out on the title to group Rak-Su.

But the experience, capped off with a huge homecoming in Cathedral Square in Blackburn, has propelled Grace into the hearts of music fans.

She has signed a record deal with Simon Cowell's company Syco and fans are awaiting her first album eagerly.

She has also just played to thousands of fans all around the country as part of the X Factor tour.

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