BARRY Island is set to confirm it has The X Factor when it faces the music as the show’s mobile audition unit rolls into town.
Thousands of singing sensations and fame wannabes are expected to descend on the Gavin & Stacey-famed resort to begin showing music guru Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and fellow judges they possess the talent.
Traders are expecting a run on drinks, ice-creams and chips as hopefuls queue up for their opportunity to shine.
The X Factor audition tour is bigger than ever with 43 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland pitching to be responsible for the next international superstar.
Those impressing could have the opportunity to stand before the judging panel at the second round of auditions in the summer.
Cafe owner Marco Zeraschi said he would be in work early to prepare for the stampede.
He said: “I’m so excited. I have been practicing every night. I am going as Demis Roussos or Pavarotti.
“I’m expecting thousands to turn up early.
“We are putting on extra staff to cater for everybody.
“Apart from having the ideal location, The X Factor is keeping Barry Island on the map.”
Quasar owner, Mark Vockins said it would be the traders who sold food and drink would benefit most.
Those who audition and visit O’Shea’s cafe and takeaway, in the Western Shelter, have been alerted via its own Twitter account that they can receive free curry and chips on showing proof of entry.
Craig O'Shea said: “We are not sure what to expect. We are always prepared for a busy day, but no wannabe pop stars here.
“I think it's more great exposure for Barry Island.
“Well done Claire Evans, tourist manager, for getting them here.”
Boofy, who owns Boofy’s, the Codfather of Soul and is The Hindenburgs' drummer, added: “If I was a judge and someone did a great big drum solo they would get my vote.”
A show spokesperson said: “With so many auditions taking place this year, if you’ve ever wanted to audition for The X Factor, now is the time to do it.
“Whether you’ve never auditioned, auditioned before but not got a break, or if you’ve already got a manager – we want to hear from you.”
Auditions are held on a first-come first-serve basis and applicants must be 16 or over.
Auditions take place at the former tourist information centre, Paget Road, Barry Island, from 10am to 3pm, this Saturday, April 5.