Want to appear in Harry Hill’s X Factor musical I Can’t Sing? You may be in luck

The London Palladium production, featuring Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell, is photographing 500 hopefuls to join the West End set

If your dream is to appear on The X Factor, but you can’t face a stage, audience and Simon Cowell’s judging glare, this might be the next best thing… 


The team behind the new X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing!, are offering fans the chance to appear in Harry Hill’s West End production when it opens at the London Palladium next February. 

The musical, starring Downton Abbey’s Nigel Harman as Cowell, also features Cynthia Erivo as Chenice, a young hopeful who comes across a queue of aspiring singers getting ready to audition outside the X Factor studios. The crowd will be made up of photographs of the public, shot by photographer Seamus Ryan on 9 November and selected by designer and director, Es Devlin and Sean Foley.  

If you are over 18, reckon you could pass as an aspiring singer and fancy having your face beamed to a West End audience every night of the show’s run, sign up at www.icantsingthemusical.co.uk. The first 500 people to register will be allocated a specific time slot for the photo shoot at the London Palladium this Saturday, between 9am-5:30pm. 

The production, written by Hill and Steve Brown and co-produced by Cowell’s production company, SyCo, will begin previews at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Palladium theatre on 27 February 2014. Alan Morrissey will appear alongside Harman and Erivo as Chenice’s love interest, Max, with characters based on Louis Walsh and Dermot O’Leary also expected to feature. Hill has also confirmed the musical will address the long-standing mystery of Cowell’s high-waisted trousers…