Simon Cowell holding auditions for next hit boyband: ‘Want future megastars’ – National


media mogul Simon Cowell hope to replicate the success of in the same direction By holding auditions for the next hit boyband.

His campaign kicked off with an unveiling. military recruitment style billboard in London with the words: “Simon needs you! New boyband needs future megastar. Don’t waste time.”

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Before you get too excited, the auditions are only open to UK, EU and US citizens – Cowell may not be aware of the wealth of Canadian pop talent. He’s also looking for teenagers aged 16 to 18, according to reports. Online sign-up form,

“Every generation needs a megastar boyband and I don’t think anyone has had the success of One Direction in over 14 years. The industry is more focused on solo artists – so a group is usually formed with the help of an outsider,” Cowell wrote in a statement announcing the launch of his boyband project. “The fun of being in a group, touring the world and performing for thousands of people is like nothing else.”

Auditions will be held in a variety of locations this summer: Newcastle on July 4 and 5, Liverpool on July 7 and 8, Dublin on July 28 and 29 and London on August 1, 2 and 3. A filming crew will also follow Cowell in search of megastars for a “potential documentary series”.

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During his talk to future pop stars, Cowell predicted the eventual dissolution of the boyband, as was the case with One Direction. Cowell pointed to former One Direction member Harry Styles, saying that his joining the project would be “a great launchpad for a solo career”.

One Direction quickly became a global sensation when its members, Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, were brought together. The X Factor UKa show created by Cowell. Although Cowell gets much of the credit for forming the band, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger played a big role in assembling the groupIn addition to One Direction, Cowell also helped form UK hit girl groups Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.

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UK pop groups were a powerful force in the 2010s, but that influence has faded in recent years.

Cowell acknowledged that there was a “high level of risk” involved in forming a widely popular pop band and said he had “no idea what was going to happen.”

“We might get an incredible group; we might not get there,” he said. “What if nobody shows up to audition? It could be weird. There’s no guaranteed path to success – anything can happen, but that’s what’s exciting to me, and that’s why I’m doing it.”

In an interview with PA news agencyCowell said he was “praying” to create a band as good as One Direction and condemned the “sorry state” of the current UK pop industry.

“The drop in popularity of UK artists internationally at the moment is shocking,” he said. “You can’t fake it, even though I’m going out auditioning it really comes down to individuals. If you get the right people I’m not someone who says dress like this, say this, do this, that’s not my style and I never did that with One Direction.”

Cowell said he was “going back to basics” with this discovery and X Factor Format.

“The only way to do it is to do what I did before, go out and do it and audition and do it face-to-face and not do any pre-casting,” he said. “In other words, don’t let people choose people in advance, it’s really a first come, first served policy.”

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Those interested in signing up for auditions can do so here Cowell’s website,

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