Serach for a Star Arrives in Andover as Hollywood BeckonsA nationwide search for a new singing sensation comes to Andover this Saturday 10th January.

The Mecca bingo club on Junction Road is hosting live auditions and recording sessions to launch Star Search, a brand new national talent competition being run by Mecca across the UK.

The best singers at the Andover event stand a chance of joining other local and regional heat winners at a star-studded national final, which is being held as part of a Star Search celebration weekend at Mecca Blackpool in June.

And the overall Star Search winner will receive the ultimate star treatment as their prize, jetting off to Los Angeles on a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Hollywood, with accommodation in a top Beverley Hills Hotel and spending money thrown in.

The Andover auditions are being held from 5.30pm on Saturday. Entrants will be able to select their own backing track on the night and all performances will be filmed.

Videos of each singer will be uploaded by club staff to the Mecca Facebook page, where people will be able to vote for their favourites, who will then progress to the next stage of the competition.

Entries for Star Search are accepted via live auditions at Mecca bingo clubs or via, where singers can upload their own videos of themselves performing, whether onstage or just in front of a mirror in the bedroom!

Mecca area manager for Andover Star Search John Dyson said, “Star Search will be one of the biggest and best talent competitions to run across the UK this year but it is not only open to singers who think they have what it takes to hit the big time. We want as many entries as possible because we believe there’s a lot of hidden talent out there.”

The easiest way to enter the competition is online at but the live recording sessions do offer something different.

John continued: “The live auditions are great fun and are a good alternative for those who don’t want to enter online.

“Entries are welcome from members and non-members who want to give it a go as part of a great night out at Mecca Andover.”

The competition is open to over 18s only. Membership of Mecca bingo clubs is free.

Mecca Andover will host a small number of other live auditions before the closing date of 22nd February. Dates for these sessions are available by contacting the club directly on 01264 352808 .