THE Waiters look set to be the next big thing to emerge from the South Tyneside music scene after passing two auditions in one day.
The South Shields rockers were given another thumbs-up at their X Factor audition and also won the chance to play at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena later this year.
The group – made up of Adam Tait, Dan Johnson, Rhys Chambers and Martin King – were crowned young performers of the year at last year’s Pride of South Tyneside Awards and have been enjoying success ever since.
The lads were invited to the Sage Gateshead on Thursday after making it through the first round of auditions for The X Factor at the Customs House in South Shields last month.
Singer and guitarist Dan, 20, said: “The audition was in front of producers again, and we sang our original, The Party Song, and they asked us to do another, so we sang Pompeii by Bastille.
“We got put through straight away and then had to hang around for a few hours for another audition.
“We did the same two songs again, but it was recorded that time, and now we won’t find out for four to six weeks if we’ve made it through to see the judges.
“It was quite nerve-wracking, but I think it wasn’t as scary because we were all together.
“Getting through to see the judges and sing in front of Simon Cowell on his first year back would just be crazy.
“We’re going to do an original song, so getting feedback from him and the other judges would just be amazing.”
Then, on Thursday night, the boys competed against nine other finalists in Metro Radio’s Big Audition.
They came out on top, winning a spot in the line-up of this year’s Metro Radio Live show in November.
The gig, at the Metro Radio Arena, will feature a line-up of top chart acts yet to be announced.
Dan added: “It’s all a bit of a blur. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.
“We were talking to last year’s winners, North Road, backstage, and they said it was really cool backstage and that everyone was chatting to them.
“Playing at the arena is going to be crazy, and I don’t think it’ll really seem real until after we’ve done our soundcheck on the day, but we’re really excited about it.”
As part of the competition, the band also raised £2,700 for Metro Radio’s Cash For Kids charity, more than any other act.
Drummer Martin, 20, added: “It was an amazing feeling to get through The X Factor and win the Big Audition on the same day.
“The talent at the Big Audition was so good. We got to close the night, and it was just amazing. Playing the arena is going to be unbelievable.”
Debbie Craig, Metro Radio’s Cash For Kids charity manager, said: “The Waiters gave a flawless performance, and the four judges voted unanimously that they had given the best performance.”
Event organiser Dom Munnelly said: “These guys are really talented. They will fit in seamlessly with the rest of the chart-based line-up. It will be a great opportunity for them to show the 10,000 audience how good they are.
“We’ve seen some exceptional talent come out of South Shields in recent years, and I’m pretty confident these guys will be the next big thing.”