S4C talent shows appeal to baritones, tenors and altos
A FINAL call has gone out to bathroom baritones, dining room tenors and budding altos across North Wales, urging them to bid for a bit of TV stardom.
The popular S4C show, Canu gyda fy Arwris looking for music lovers to participate in the new series hosted by tenor Rhys Meirion – but time is running out with the deadline for entries set for June 30.
According to Mr. Meirion, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, the program offers everyone the unique opportunity to sing a song with their musical hero live in front of an audience.
“This will be the third series on the program and we’ve already had quite a few nominations,” Rhys said, “but there’s still time for anyone to apply to fulfill their dream and sing with their hero.
“Everyone dreams of it and many sing in the bath or shower about a duet with their idols, but they know it will never happen.
“Participating in this program is truly a unique opportunity. It will never happen anywhere else and it was an unforgettable experience for those who have already participated in the previous series.
“It’s one of the best things I’ve been involved with on TV and I can’t wait to get started.”
He added that there was no need to be shy and that if anyone wants to bring a friend or two, they are welcome.
“And you don’t always have to have a good voice either. Doing this program is about fulfilling a dream and having a lot of fun and that’s the most important thing,” he said.
Canu gyda fy Arwr airs primetime on S4C and is produced by Caernarfon-based TV production company Cwmni Da.
Those chosen to participate in the show meet their idol and chat before rehearsing a song, then performing on stage in front of friends, family or complete strangers.
Cwmni Da producer Siwan Haf said, “Canu gyda fy Arwr is to celebrate the joy and emotion that comes from singing, so we encourage anyone who wants an unforgettable experience to apply.
“The first two series have remained broadly the same, but there will be some exciting changes in the next series.”
“But we would always welcome more applications. Anyone who would like to sing with their favorite singer or band live on stage in front of an audience should contact us. We would love to have that happen for them.”
Among those who have already experienced the dream is Sioned James Bevan, who lives in Rhostryfan near Caernarfon.
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She was surprised at how many people still come to see her and tell her how much they appreciated her singing with star Bryn Fôn.
The teacher, who works at Ysgol y Creuddyn in Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno, was suggested by a friend who wanted to surprise her on her birthday, before she sang a duet with Bryn on the program in front of her pupils .
Sioned said: “It was definitely a surprise. I had no idea it was planned until I saw Rhys walk into the school with a film crew.
“Then I met Bryn and he was lovely. Indeed Rhys and the whole team were so warm and friendly it made the whole experience so enjoyable.
“It was my 40th birthday last year and singing with Bryn Fon had been on my to-do list for a while, but doing it was unforgettable.”
Applications should be submitted to Cwmni Da online at www.cwmnida.cymru/canu by June 30.
If you have any questions before applying, please email email@example.com or phone 01286 685300.