Orange unsignedAct set to crush thousands more dreams in 2008

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Orange unsignedAct, the competition with the curious approach to capitalisation, flung open its doors to unsigned acts last week – and has already been deluged with over 1,000 entries from bands keen to make their mark in the filthy, disgusting, soul-destroying music industry.
Supported by Sony Ericsson, Orange unsignedAct allows bands to upload their music to the contest’s website before the billions of hopefuls are whittled down to a mere fifty. These lucky souls will then sing and dance before a panel of judges, to feature barefoot seductress Jo Whiley, cheese enthusiast Alex James and The Man’s Simon Gavin. I think this is the bit where the TV coverage may begin, because it provides the best opportunity for ritual humiliation.

Eight bands will then be selected from this grasping mass of wannabes, and they will embark on a nationwide tour, with the ultimate winning act securing a recording contract with Universal Records.
Fronted by Alex Zane, the TV show will hit your screens in autumn documenting the bands’ journey journey – which will contain highs and lows, promise – and will air on T4 and also 4Music, Channel 4′s new music channel. Of course the website has all manner of interactive gubbins, with fans given the opportunity to create mixtapes of their favourite entrants (i.e., their mates). And since Orange are the daddies behind all this, of course you’ll be able to rack up mad phone bills by checking out lots of goodies on your mobile.
If you’re an unsigned band you have until August 31st to get your entries in – head over to for all the info your desperate heart desires.

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  1. soothsayer says:

    Simon Gavin is a narrow minded, ill informed idiot. I can’t believe he’s still in his job.

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