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Labour youth politician competes on The Voice

A Hackney resident has made it through to the next round of television singing competition The Voice, having passed the ‘blind audition’ phase of the BBC programme on Saturday.

Jermain Jackman, 19, a Hackney Labour Party Youth Coordinator, sang ‘And I Am Telling You’ on the BBC show to win a place under mentor Will.i.am.

Coach Will.i.am said: “This singer’s too good to let him walk. He needs to be on the show.”

Speaking exclusively to East London Lines, Jackman said that he was “extremely nervous” about his performance. On his choice of song he added: “I wanted to break down stereotypes by choosing a ‘female song.’ It’s just like if I said I was from Hackney, people think it’s full of troublesome males.”

Jackman previously worked for two years in the Hackney Youth Parliament as Diversity Officer and volunteers for Hackney-based charity The Crib, which works young people involved in gang culture.

“Depending on where you live there are definite differences in opportunities. There is certainly a lack of them in East London, compared to other areas. Only during the Olympics was attention brought to East London but since, there has been no real legacy. “

He added: “In East London there is a need for opportunities for the young to show their worth. It is important to feel they need to ‘step up’ as their lives progress.”

Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, took to Twitter to congratulate the singer: “I know Jermain Jackman very well and he is a very talented young man. #doinghackneyproud”

Jackman will next appear on the show during the ‘Battle phase’, where he will compete against another member of Will.i.am’s team to win a place in the next round.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 11 Auditions Begin In Atlanta Later This Month

A new year marks a new season of So You You Think You Can Dance. Of course, that won’t happen until the weather gets a bit warmer, but Fox has already begun scouting this year’s crop of dancing hopefuls as the network has announced the audition schedule for So You Think You Can Dance Season 11. Auditions for the new season kick off in Atlanta later this month.

Created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, So You Think You Can Dance features young and talented dancers skilled in a variety of dance styles, from ballroom to hip hop and everything in between. Each season offers an incredibly impressive array of talent and emphasizes many dancers’ ability to learn different styles and master some truly creative choreography.

January 13 is the exact day for the start of the SYTYCD auditions. Here’s the schedule Fox released, along with some additional information to know if you’re looking to try out:
Atlanta, GA – Monday, Jan. 13 – Fox Theatre – 660 Peachtree St. NE – Atlanta, GA 30308
Philadelphia, PA – Monday, Jan. 20 – Merriam Theatre – 250 South Broad Street – Philadelphia, PA 19102
New Orleans, LA – Friday, Jan. 31 – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center- 900 Convention Center Blvd. – New Orleans, LA 70130
Chicago, IL – Thursday, Feb. 27 – Oriental Theatre – 24 West Randolph Street – Chicago, IL 60601
Los Angeles, CA – Sunday, March 23 – Orpheum Theatre – 842 Broadway – Los Angeles, CA 90014

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM at each venue. Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition in the event of a callback.

Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal Employment Authorization Cards enabling them to seek employment freely in the U.S. (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules.

The SYTYCD auditions begin just days ahead of the American Idol premiere (January 15). That’s particularly fitting, considering SYTYCD usually picks up where Idol leaves off each spring, except the emphasis obviously shifts from singing talent in Idol to dancing in So You Think You Can Dance. Based on the schedule, it looks like this season’s search will span the bulk of the winter, ending up in Los Angeles in March.

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Colts to Hold 2014 Cheerleader Auditions Sunday, March 23

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are in search of several exceptional women to represent the team as members of the 2014 Colts Cheerleading Squad. Auditions for the 2014 Cheerleaders begin Sunday, March 23, at 12 p.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Individuals interested in trying out for the squad are asked to pre-register at www.colts.com/auditions. There is a $25 fee for all entrants.

An Audition Master Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The workshop is designed to provide potential candidates with advice, help them learn choreography and give them an inside look at what the judges will be looking for during the 2014 audition process. The cost to attend the master workshop is $75. Registration is available at www.colts.com/auditions.

Beginning March 4, the Colts are also offering a series of Cheerleader Audition Prep Workshops every Tuesday evening at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The optional workshops, which are $20 each, are designed to help ladies prepare for the audition process. Spectators are not permitted to attend the auditions or workshops.

Individuals interested in trying out for the 2014 Colts Cheerleaders must be a high school graduate as of May 1, 2014. For more information on the 2014 Colts Cheerleader Auditions, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit www.colts.com/auditions.

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WHEN: Sunday, March 23, 2014
12:00 p.m. – Doors Open/Registration Begins
12:30 p.m. – Auditions Begin

WHERE: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center Pavilion
7001 W. 56th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46254

WHO: Women interested in becoming a part of the 2014 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader Squad.
Must be a high school graduate as of May 1, 2014.

The Colts Cheerleaders are supported in part by Core Pilates & Fitness, Curtain Call Dance Studio, LA Fitness, Indy Laser and Varsity Spirit Fashion.