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Stars shine at Bracknell's Got Talent semi-finalsBy Hugh Fort
May 04, 2012
A pair of dancing sisters, a 64-year-old singer-songwriter and a chirpy 11-year-old magician are all through to the final of Bracknell’s Got Talent.
Judges have selected 10 performers to appear in front of a panel including TV star Andi Peters in the final later this month.
The judges saw 24 acts at the event on Saturday, which was held at South Hill Park in Ringmead, Birch Hill.
The panel consisted of Chantal Addley, South Hill Park’s community artist, Dan Little and Ashley Walters from the Vanquish Dance Crew, and organiser Lena Dee.
The acts they have put through to the final are: James Brady, 64, a singer/songwriter, Joe Emmett, 15, a singer/songwriter, dancers Anna Charlton and Mel Jackson, both 17, magician Cai Evans, 11, and Bracknell Glee Club.
Other performers to go through are singers Hannah Cornish and Georgia Bantleman, both 14, singer Amy Newman, 31, and singer Francesca Greenhow, 13.
The judges have also put through Jaime Leishman, 10, and her little sister Kayleigh, eight, who both did fantastic dance routines.
Jaime, did a freestyle dance routine to Florence and the Machine’s Shake it Out and street dancer Kayleigh, put together a routine, complete with cardboard robot head, to Flo Rida’s Wild Ones.
After Kayleigh’s hi-tempo routine, Dan said: “I love your confidence and I really love the robot head.
“It’s amazing what you’re doing for someone so young.”
Dan added that her sister had some “mad skills” and said he liked how she had incorporated gymnastics into the routine.
Around 30 members of Bracknell Glee Club belted out their version of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, which wowed the judges. The panel said they were impressed with the togetherness of group.
Director Richard Whennell said: “Everyone was excitedly nervous on Saturday morning, more so than our first audition.
“Whilst we tried to forget about the pressure, we were all aware that we had a chance of making the final if we did well. Nobody forgot a word, a note or a move and the group spirit flowed in abundance as we made our way through ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.”
Young magician Cai, who uses the name, Magi Cai, wowed the judges with his tricks.
After the semi-finals, Lena said: “This has been a competition to find the best talent that Bracknell currently has to offer but it also has been a great opportunity to discover the stars of the future who with a bit of nurturing will find their confidence.
“We had a lot of singers apply this year.
“Many showed great potential but through being so young or not having much audition experience lacked the confidence to shine.
“Many of them are the stars of tomorrow and we hope to see them back at the auditions next year.”