England-based Belinda King Creative Productions is moving into New York to recruit dozens of top young U.S. singers and dancers in “American Idol” style auditions next week to staff a massive expansion of new shows they plan to premiere later this year on a number of Carnival Corporation ships.
Ships such as Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Queen Victoria, the Seabourn Quest and Holland America’s Amsterdam are among the vessels that will benefit.
If talent can be found, the company plans to open offices permanently in New York and Miami, according to a statement.
The company has already provided entertainment shows for Monte Carlo, the Middle East, and luxury casino venues throughout Europe.
Belinda King added: “Without anyone noticing, BKCP already provides entertainment for Carnival Corporation. We currently have 50 shows a week performing on Cunard Line, Seabourn, and Holland America Line. Business is booming – butwe want to get bigger and better, and taking over America’s top talent is the way to do it. That’s why we’re moving into New York.
Well over 1000 young singer/dancers have already applied for the auditions at Chelsea Studios in NYC – over 500 purely on word of mouth alone before a single advert had been printed – and they’ve been whittled down to 100 artistes who will audition between 24th-26th June in New York.
Only 43 can be accepted – but Belinda King's standards are so high, it is unlikely that all the places will be filled from this first audition, according to the company.
Those performers who are successful will be flown to England for a 50-day intensive rehearsal period.