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Kid pressure puts mum in with chance on Britain's Got Talent

November 5, 2013


A HOSPITAL radiographer is hoping to appear in the next series of Britain's Got Talent.

Annie Smith was among the many hopefuls who applied to be on the show during open auditions in Nottingham.

By day, the mother-of-three works as a radiographer, carrying out X-rays of patients at the Queen's Medical Centre.

But away from work, she regularly performs at folk music venues across Notts and the East Midlands.

The singer-guitarist is now hoping to give her musical skills greater exposure by appearing on the TV talent show next year.

Mrs Smith, 46, of Ingleby Close, Cotgrave, said: My family love the show. It was my kids who said I should go for it.

It would be amazing to make it. It's an amazing opportunity to sing before the judges in front of a live theatre audience. Mrs Smith was among those who braved the wind and rain to queue up and audition for the show at the Morrisons supermarket in Gamston on Saturday.

Each contestant performed inside a marquee for the Britain's Got Talent crew, while also being filmed.

Successful acts from the Talent Spot Day will go through to the next round of auditions and perform live in front of judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams next year.

Mrs Smith said she was persuaded to audition by her sons Ross, 17, and Stuart, 14, and daughter Heather, 12.

She sang American singer-songwriter Beth Nielson Chapman's Seven Shades of Blue at her audition.

I think it went well but they didn't give anything away, she said.

Mrs Smith moved to Nottingham in 1990 to start work as a radiographer at the City Hospital.

She has been based at the Queen's Medical Centre since 2002 and has played her guitar at folk clubs for the past six years. Her performances include using six and 12-string guitars, a mandolin and a ukulele.

She can often be seen performing at Bingham Folk Club on Fridays and Carrington Triangle Folk Club on Wednesdays. Mrs Smith also plays occasionally with the sing-around group at The Dumbles pub in Southwell. She said: I used to just sing to the kitchen wall but when you go out you mix with so many musicians, that inspires you. I've got a diverse repertoire now and I'll sing anything that suits my voice musically.

Often, people say 'you should sing this song' and I get inspired like that. I just love being behind a guitar.

I get a buzz out of it. When you sing something that you really enjoy and nail the performance, it's a great feeling. Did you audition for a place on Britain's Got Talent? E-mail your story to

'My family love the show. It was my kids who said I should go for it. It would be amazing Annie Smith

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