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Alex Zane hosts the search for the best unsigned music act in the UK. On the judging panel is Simon Gavin, Blur's Alex James and Lauren Laverne.

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Alex Zane hosts the search for the best unsigned music act in the UK. On the judging panel is Simon Gavin, Blur's Alex James and Lauren Laverne.

Series 1 Summary

Alex Zane hosts the second series of the search for the best unsigned music act in the UK. At stake is a huge record contract with Universal Music. This year Lauren Laverne joins the panel alongside Alex James and the man who signed Duffy, Simon Gavin.

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    Episode 1 - Orange unsignedAct

    Kelly Osbourne is the guest judge in the first show as bands who write and perform their own music are joined at the auditions in London by singer songwriters.

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    Episode 2 - Orange unsignedAct

    Beyoncé and Shakira's songwriter Amanda Ghost joins the panel as this week's guest judge and has some harsh words of advice for the acts bidding to sign the massive record contract.

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    Episode 3 - Orange unsignedAct

    Feeder's Grant Nicholas is in the hotseat alongside regulars Lauren Laverne and Alex James, with host Alex Zane.

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    Episode 4 - Orange unsignedAct

    The final regional auditions take place, with grime artist Lethal Bizzle joining Lauren Laverne, Alex James and Simon Gavin on the judging panel in the search for the UK's best real music.

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    Episode 5 - Orange unsignedAct

    The successful acts from the auditions are all recalled to London where the tough talking panel decide who should go on tour.

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    Episode 6 - Orange unsignedAct

    The tour gets underway as the final ten acts hit the road. The first stop is Birmingham, where they're supporting Scouting for Girls.

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    Episode 7 - Orange unsignedAct

    The search for the UK's best unsigned bands and singer songwriters enters its seventh week, as yet more hopefuls see their dreams crushed by the panel.

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    Episode 8 - Orange unsignedAct

    The search for the UK's best unsigned real music continues as the acts reach Manchester for the third leg of their national tour. The Courteeners are this week's headline act.

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    Episode 9 - Orange unsignedAct

    On the final leg of the national tour the bands and singer-songwriters attempt to secure their place at the live finals. The decision rests with Lauren Laverne, Alex James and Simon Gavin.

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    Episode 10 - Orange unsignedAct

    In the first of the live semi-finals, the public can vote to decide which act eliminated by the judges should stay in the competition. Five acts play live, but only one can go through.

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    Alex Zane reveals who's through to the semi final.

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    Episode 12 - Orange unsignedAct

    The live semi-finals take place in London as the remaining five acts battle it out for the public vote and a place in the final. The Wombats also perform their new single.

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    Episode 13 - Orange unsignedAct

    Alex Zane reveals who's through to next week's live final.

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    Episode 14 - Orange unsignedAct

    The three acts left in the competition play their own songs for the viewers vote. Jo Whiley rejoins the panel.

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    Episode 15 - Orange unsignedAct

    Alex Zane reveals the results of the viewer vote. One act will win a 60,000 cash advance and record contract with Universal. Lily Allen is the guest performer.

Orange unsignedAct synopsis

Alex Zane hosts the search for the best unsigned music act in the UK. On the judging panel is Simon Gavin, Blur's Alex James and Lauren Laverne.

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