James Blunt launches star search “more genuine” than X Factor to choose support act

The singer, who began his career being invited to play with Elton John, says "anything goes" musically as he looks to choose a support act for the Hammersmith Apollo in London


James Blunt has revealed he’s going to audition unknown singers for the chance to support him at his London gig this December, but it won’t be like the X Factor.


“X Factor competitions are not really about the music. I’m looking for something a bit more genuine,” Blunt, whose chosen act will join him on stage at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, tells Metro.

Not that Blunt is staying out of the X Factor chatter this year. Talking about one of Simon Cowell’s top three acts Jay James, Blunt tweeted: 

Of his own talent search, Blunt’s pretty open about the sort of people he wants to try out.

“Anything goes! It doesn’t have to be anything like my music at all. It doesn’t have to be one man and a guitar, it can be anything. Bands, solo artists, whoever is great.

“I am up for anything and giving them a chance.” 

Another Blonde Electra maybe?

The singer says he’s always been a part of choosing his support acts, noting that he himself had a helping hand from a rather familiar name when he started out.

“Elton John took me out as his support act in my earliest days. My first gig was to 20 people, or something, in North London. And then he took me out and I played to 40,000 people in Ipswich football stadium the next day. That was him giving new musicians an opportunity.”


If you want to be in with a chance of supporting James Blunt, send your music on YouTube or Soundcloud to jamesbluntcompetition@gmail.com by 6pm tomorrow (7 October) including a short bio and contact details.