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  Popstars judge still waiting for 'Gareth'
Updated 09 August 2002, 17.12
Popstars I auditions
It's the first day of Popstars: The Rivals open auditions and judge Pete Waterman has admitted a Gareth Gates-type star hasn't walked through the doors - yet!


He said: "It has been very difficult today. Sometimes at auditions like this you get people who are just having a go."

Open auditions mean that anyone can turn up - well, as long as they can sing and don't mind the possibility of being humiliated on television.

Dreams dashed

Thousands of wannabes queued for hours to have their chance of fame, but only a few made it through to see the three main judges.

  Click here to find out what happened in Popstars I


And many complained they'd only had a few seconds to prove themselves before being rejected.

Hostess Davina McCall told one group of rejects: "It might be because of your look but unfortunately it is the business we are in."

Picked out

The first person to get chosen to go through to the next round was 18-year-old Emma from Northampton. She sang Whole Again by Atomic Kitten.

She said: "I really don't know why I've been chosen. I went in there and thought 'let's just go for it'."

The next contestant to go through was Anton, 19, from London. He sang I Believe I Can I Fly by R Kelly for the judges.

He was told by the judges that he had a really controlled voice and sang a difficult song well.

"Geri liked it the most. She was smiling and asking the most questions," he said.

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