Griffith singers factoring in 

AUSTRALIA'S next singing superstar could be right here in Griffith.

Last week local songbirds Aimee Gibbs and Naarme Matennga auditioned for the popular talent quest in Albury, with both impressing the show's producers and given the green light for the next stage.

They now have to wait until March to discover whether they have made it through to the show's televised auditions in Sydney next year.

Mrs Gibbs sang Someone Like You by Adele and Travelling Soldier by The Dixie Chicks.

For Mrs Gibbs, a singing teacher and teacher's aid at Yoogali Public School, the audition was a chance to fulfil the wish of her late grandmother.

"It's a year to the date that my nan, Doreen Cunial, passed away," she said.

"She always said I should do it and I was going to last year, but she died around the time of the auditions.

"Hopefully she was watching over me this time. I reckon it would be an awesome experience to be part of X Factor.

"I'd be happy to get to the boot camp stage and I'd love either Ronan or Danni to coach me."

Miss Matennga only started singing for others a year ago. She performed Honeymoon Avenue by Ariana Grande and Hold on We're Going Home by Drake during the Albury audition, where around 200 hopefuls turned out.

Despite the audition being a daunting experience, Miss Matennga said she was glad she tried.

"I just wanted to try something different and I am a big fan of the show," she said.

"It was scary, but the judges were pretty positive, which surprised me.

"I love singing and would love to be able to take it further."

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