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Top performers ask what happened to last stage of rugby club’s talent contest
Members of a band who were expecting to play at the last leg of the Bradford Bulls talent competition have told of their disappointment after the Grand Final failed to materialise.
Late last year, Bradford Bulls started the competition, OK Bull Factor, which invited bands to play before matches.
Fans were asked to vote for their favourite acts who went through to the semi-final.
The cream of the musical crop were then expected to play at a Grand Final with £5,000 up for grabs for the eventual winner.
But one band, Acapulco Gold, who got through three sets of auditions to play in the final, said that after their third performance in front of a crowd before a game, they have heard absolutely nothing. That was back in March and the end of the season, when the final was expected to be held, was in September.
Former Bulls owner Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe, the Bradford South MP, handed over the reins to new owners Ryan Whitcut and Mark Moore, of BedzRus, last month subject to RFL approval. An End of Season Extravaganza, with players, directors and fans of the Bulls, took place on Saturday, September 14, but no mention was made of the OK Bull Factor.
Nathan Kerridge of Acapulco Gold said that lots of money was spent by his family and friends on votes, but he was never contacted with regards to playing in the final stage of the competition.
He said: “We were emailed but then it all stopped after we played live the last time in March. We won that semi-final but then heard nothing.
“We were not expecting to win the £5,000 but we were expecting to play at Odsal again. It is shocking what they have done. When we played there were five acts on, and I think there were up to 60 acts who played in the competition, with 12 acts expected to play in the final. Apparently after we last played, a few bands played then it all went quiet.
“No more bands were playing, there were no more promotions about it or anything.”
Solo singer Chloe Abbott, 21, from Brighouse, said that she had also played in the heats, and was told she had a place in the final, but heard nothing more. “I had my family voting for me all week,” she said. “To be honest at first I was upset about the whole thing and thought it was frustrating.But now I am more mad about it all. I have been in the music industry for long enough, but some of the girls singing were 16 and 17 and their dreams are probably crushed now. It realy, really is not fair.”
Mr Whitcut, when asked by the Telegraph & Argus why the OK Bull Factor did not actually happen, said that he did not know what had happened to the prize money or when the final was supposed to be taking place.
Asked what the Bulls would say to disgruntled bands who thought they would play in the grand final at the end of season, Mr Whitcut said: “I wasn’t involved in any way, shape or form with Bull Factor, so to be honest I can’t answer that. However, I’m sure that when we look at the competition that was held last year and go through and analyse what went on, there will be some opportunities there for the bands.
“But until we look at it we won’t know. We have had other priorities in the last two weeks as far as the rugby club goes.
“But we will be looking at it and will be contacting everybody over the coming months and looking at the things we can do to sort out these issues.”
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