Calling All Singers – Forget The X Factor!

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Two talent shows, sponsored by the Jewish News, are uniting singers and dancers in an effort to entertain the masses and raise funds for charity.

J Factor, in aid of Kisharon, is the brainchild of sisters Louise Leach and Caroline Cohen. “We’re just looking for singers and dancers to do their thing,” said Louise, who was a contender herself in the first ever series of Pop Idol. “There’s an immense level of talent out there.”

J Factor is still looking for contestants, and the competition is open to Jewish females of all ages. Auditions will be held on 26 and 29 October, and 2 November, and the final show will be on 14 December. For more information call 020 8203 5242.

Meanwhile, Natasha Adley and Lisa Meleck, organisers of WalkForCrohn’s for the past six years, are trying their hands at showbiz as well. Next month, they are hosting SingForCrohns, a talent competition featuring nine finalists, six of whom are Jewish.

“We decided to branch out from the one fundraiser to try and raise awareness among a wider audience,” Adley said. “We’re trying to draw in people who might not normally attend.”

The two women got involved with Crohn’s fundraising after each of their mothers were diagnosed with the disease.

The competition will take place on 1 November, at the Royal College of Music.
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