X Factor NZ Audition Dates announced


The X Factor NZ will travel to 27 locations through the county in early 2013 to find contestants for the first local version of the global television phenomenon.

Starting in Queenstown on January 5, and finishing in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day, the pre-audition tour is the first stage of The X Factor NZ process.

Co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman says:   “We’re looking for the next big recording star.

“If that’s you and you’re a singer, aged 14 and over as of January 2013, you should be performing at one of our pre-auditions early next year.   It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and I encourage you to start preparing now.”

Contestants who are successful at the pre-auditions will then perform in front of the four judges and a LIVE audience.

Multi-platinum recording artist Stan Walker, the first judge for The X Factor NZ to be announced, says he’s looking forward to seeing what Kiwis have to offer.

“I know New Zealand is full of amazing people and singers that just need a chance to show how great they are,” he says.

“I want to encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes, but is too scared to give it a try, to get up and give it a go.  You’ve got nothing to lose.”

TV3 is also delighted to announce Ford New Zealand as the broadcast sponsor of The X Factor NZ, a multi-platform partnership that will celebrate excellence and Kiwi creativity.

The X Factor NZ is a SYCO owned format and will be co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia.  NZ on Air is a minority funder of the show.


*       If you are a singer, aged 14 or older as of January 2013, find the audition location nearest to you.
*       Visit the TV3 website to download/ print The X Factor NZ application form.
*       Fill out the form ready to bring it to your local audition. Make sure you read the full terms and conditions on the website before you enter the auditions.


Saturday 5/01/2013 Queenstown
Sunday 6/01/2013 Invercargill
Monday 7/01/2013 Dunedin
Tuesday 8/01/2013 Oamaru
Wednesday 9/01/2013 Timaru
Friday 11/01/2013 Greymouth
Saturday 12/01/2013 Christchurch
Sunday 13/01/2013 Christchurch
Tuesday 15/01/2013 Nelson
Wednesday 16/01/2013 Blenheim
Friday 18/01/2013 Wellington
Saturday 19/01/2013 Kapiti
Sunday 20/01/2013 Wanganui
Monday 21/01/2013 Palmerston North
Tuesday 22/01/2013 Masterton
Wednesday 23/01/2013 Napier/Hastings
Friday 25/01/2013 Gisborne
Saturday 26/01/2013 Tauranga
Sunday 27/01/2013 Rotorua
Monday 28/01/2013 Taupo
Tuesday 29/01/2013 Hamilton
Wednesday 30/01/2013 Tairua
Friday 1/02/2013 South Auckland
Saturday 2/02/2013 Auckland Central
Sunday 3/02/2013 New Plymouth
Monday 4/02/2013 Whangarei
Tuesday 5/02/2013 Kerikeri
Wednesday 6/02/2013 Kaitaia


Hosted by Dominic Bowden, The X Factor NZ is the first local version of the global television phenomenon format, put on the map by music mogul Simon Cowell.

The X Factor has launched numerous internationally successful music careers, including Leona Lewis, Reece Mastin and One Direction. The X Factor artists have globally sold over 100 million records, achieving 250 number ones, 270 Top 10, and 501 Top 50 hit records.

The X Factor NZ is open to singers of aged 14 and up – either solo performers or groups. There is no upper age limit.

Once through the final audition process, the performers are split into categories – Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and the Groups.  Each judge receives a group to mentor throughout the competition, and the judges compete to be the best mentor and have the winning act.

In 2013, New Zealanders will have the chance to put their singing talents to the test, as The X Factor NZ travels the length and breadth of the country, from Invercargill to Kaitaia, with one goal – to discover the next great New Zealand recording artist, who will sign a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand.

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  • What a joke! I can’t believe they’re going ahead with this crap.

    • Mike

      Um if it’s launched numerous successful careers, then i don’t think it’s crap mate.

      • bobscoffee

        Sorry mate, I’m going to have to agree with Dave. Yip, it is. The finalists are pitchy and can’t sing to save their lives, and yet the judges seem to be oblivious, or maybe they’re just trying to save face.

  • Whoever the judges are will certainly have a good look around New Zealand 🙂

  • Ira Boyd

    Was really looking forward to XFactor until I saw who the host was! Goodness NZ! Why can we not incorporate ‘Sports’, like lets have Ritchie & Dan co-host and also Irene & Maria Tutaiae. NOW THAT WILL BE ORSUM! and well worth watching. If find bowden, boring!

  • littlemissk3600

    man i wont be old enough to compete man dis suks but mayb next year

  • Lachlan

    don’t judge it yet … the x factor actually has some potential to produce some amazing acts when compared to nz idol and nz got talent. the journey to actually getting to the live shows if far more difficult, going through boot camp and then going to iconic locations around the world to perform for pro artists in the business. plus the fact that the contestants are actually getting mentored by the judges, so their not simply left on their own. If they get the judges right-which they seem to be off to a good start with Stan-then that show has potential. don’t judge it until it airs next year

    • bobscoffee

      and if they make Paul Henry or that clown from The Edge or wherever he is from a judge?