XFactor 2014 auditions: More 'managed' acts wanted

X Factor auditions in Manchester

Bosses at the Syco record label are after more 'managed' acts to audition for the show.

The ITV series relaxed its rules two series ago about allowing acts who had already signed management deals from trying out.

Now Syco Managing Director Sonny Takhar reckons that music managers should be jumping at the chance to put their acts forward for the new series this summer.

"It's important that the business understands this is an absolutely legitimate way into a global recording career," he said. "At every step of the way, the artist is surrounded by music industry experts and label personnel. The proof really is in the results.

"In the last ten years, the show has launched the careers of some of the biggest starts in the world. Artists from The X Factor UK alone have sold in excess of 57 million albums and enjoyed 130 number ones around the world."

Speaking to Music Week, Takhar claimed that The X Factor gave acts a chance where they had been shunned by big labels.

"If you represent talent, you have a significantly better chance of breaking your artist through entering our show than you would by going through a normal label signing process," he told the industry magazine. "What other platform can give you a social media following of one million engaged fans in a matter of months? It's a no-brainer."

X Factor 2014 auditions: Open dates and venues

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