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Good auditions, bad auditions and a memorial for MND


This weekend was special for Rach for two reasons. The first being that she got to attend live auditions for the X Factor and the second that she’d gotten to attend a memorial by the MND association, an organisation close to her heart. Weeks ago Rach had applied for tickets for the Melbourne auditions, not holding out much hope. It was to her great surprise then when she received an email confirming that she had two tickets for the Saturday afternoon auditions. Saturday came racing round and before Alex knew it he was stood in a queue in Hisense Arena surrounded by teenage girls.

We’d gotten there an hour early so when the call came to take our seats we managed to get some great ones, slightly raised and right behind the judges. Rach had previously been to the Birmingham live auditions back in England so she was an old hand at this whereas Alex was new to the acting scene. That’s right folks, believe it or not, not everything on reality tv is real. Before any of the auditionees came out or even the judges, our MC had us practicing shocked, angry and surprised expressions for the cameras (unfortunately neither of us were particularly good so don’t expect to see us on tv).


After almost half an hours wait the show was finally on the road and the judges came out. The judge that we were most excited about seeing was Mel B, having grown up in the Spice Girls era. She certainly didn’t disappoint as she was funny, feisty and very opinionated. We flew through the auditionees with barely any pause between them and most were good, a few were terrible and a couple were incredible and deserved the standing ovations they received. We had brilliant time and can’t wait to watch it when it hits the screens.


Today was another fantastic day but for different reasons. Rach’s Grandpa died of Motor Neurone Disease and her family help at MND association events as often as they can, to raise money and awareness for the charity. Whilst over here Rach has looked at events the Australian branch of the association are holding to see if there’s anything she could go along to and last week found the perfect one. It was a memorial service for those who are suffering from the disease and the families who have lost someone to it. Signing both of us up to it she also saw that they were asking volunteers to light a candle and say a few words and so, she put herself forward.

When we got there we were immediately given nametags and whisked to the tea, coffee and cake area. Sufficiently supplied we sat down at a table and chatted to other families there. We listened to some fantastic speeches from; a nurse who cared for patients of MND, the president of the MND association and MND research scientists. We were first up for the candle lighting and Alex placed it in the stand whilst Rach dedicated it to all the people currently living with MND. It really was a wonderful ceremony made even more special by the pocket gardens they gave us at the end so that we can grow the blue cornflower at home, the symbol of the Australian MND association.


Rex’s Rules of the Road

  • For the chance to see your favourite shows live apply for tickets at the applausestore
  • If the MND association is special to you the Australian branch have lots of great events all over Australia.

Posted by rexontheroad 17:03 Archived in Australia

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