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Rhydian puts the spotlight on new talent

Singer, Rhydian Roberts, who came to fame in the TV talent show The X Factor in 2007, has been travelling throughout Wales looking for new talent for his TV series, Rhydian, to be shown on S4C starting on Wednesday 9 November at 9pm.

Eight of the most talented acts will appear in the series and get the chance to share the stage with well-known performers.

"The series will offer pure entertainment and give new acts the chance to shine," said Rhydian, who's originally from Sennybridge and who'll be performing many of his popular songs in the shows.

"We've been searching for acts all over Wales and found promising new performers.

"Talent will be the determining factor in this series - giving performers in Wales a platform. Opportunities of this kind are quite rare. Apart from the Urdd National Eisteddfod, there aren't many chances for young people to perform on a national stage. The Urdd is a good platform for nurturing talent with the opportunity to appear before a live audience and on television. But there needs to be a follow-on, to get some star treatment."

"A little bit of make-up and stage clothes more appealing than a school uniform." Rhydian's career has spiralled since appearing on The X Factor. Until recently, he's been taking the part of Kashoggi, the chief of police, in the Ben Elton and Queen musical, We Will Rock You, at the Birmingham Hippodrome. He released his latest album, Waves, in August with his first single, The Promise, going on sale a month earlier.

The eight-part series, Rhydian, was recorded by Avanti Television, at Dragon Studios, Bridgend, during September, with many famous guests joining Rhydian. Earlier this month, Rhydian joined the cast of Grease on a tour of the north of England.

Among the prizes awarded to Rhydian during his college days in the Birmingham Conservatoire was the Mario Lanza Prize, the Reginald Vincent English Song Prize and the Kathleen Ferrier Prize for Young Singers.

Rhydian believes strongly that one person can have a big influence on a performer's success. "I'd like to make a difference in the careers of new artists in Wales, those who haven't had the chances I've had," he said.