12 October 1974 – Series Three (4)

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Liverpool singer Carol Christmas.  Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The panel providing their expert opinion for heat four were Ted Ray, Clifford Davis, Mickie Most and John Smith

  • Wytchwood (six-piece harmony group)
  • Eric Fields (comedian)
  • Chas & Annabel
  • Carol Christmas (vocalist)
  • Bobbie Buchanan (vocalist)
  • Victoria Wood (comedy songwriter)
  • Davy Wanda (venriloquist, unicyclist and vocalist)

The winner of heat four, who would be seen again in the All Winners Final on 9 November 1974, was University of Birmingham drama student Victoria Wood, who impressed the judges with her comedy song performance.

Victoria had been helped at the audition stage by her friend Louise Fisher, who was the make-up girl on New Faces and who knew the floor manager who was running the auditions. She asked him to put Victoria’s name to the top of the pile which we did. Victoria’s name was called next and she nervously took to the audition stage, sang her song really quickly and ran off again, but it was enough to secure a place on the show.

Thanks to Louise Fisher for confirming the audition story.

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