Has Reading got talent? Oh yes it hasBy Linda Fort
August 15, 2012
Little girls with big voices and blokes who had just come into town to go to the bank have been giving it their all in Broad Street Mall.
Because it is that time of year when the question Has Reading Got Talent? is answered with a resounding ‘Yes’. The auditions began on Monday and the competition got off to a cracking start.
Judges Tiffany King of Theatretrain and last year’s winners Danny and Dan – Danny Wright and Dan Everden – were kept busy with a stream of enthusiastic performers of all ages.
Danny and Dan have been being doing lots of performing, at events such as weddings and birthday parties, following their win with a comedy song and dance act which wowed the judges last year.
Danny commented: “Judging is a new thing for us. It’s quite hard to be harsh, but it is lovely when we can give good comments.”
Tiffany said they had seen ‘a lot of singers’, adding that some of the performers could have been better prepared by bringing along backing tracks for their numbers – particularly the younger singers.
Broad Street Mall marketing manager Stephanie Maynard was delighted with the number of entrants in the opening hours of the competition, with 160 acts registered by the end of the first morning.
And as for the performers, they were having a whale of a time, once they got over their nerves.
Amie Reilly, six, sang her heart out to Justin Beiber’s Baby and said afterwards: “I was nervous but I really enjoyed it.”
Anthony Eslik, 68, of Kings Road, Central Reading wasn’t so lucky. The judges suggested he come back with a different song after hearing his rendition of Abba’s I Believe In Angels.
Jason McCutcheon, 33, of Hawksbery Drive, Calcot, was on his way to the bank when he decided to take part and had the whole shopping centre rocking to Mustang Sally.
Shannon Perry, 15, of Omers Rise, Burghfield Common, sang the song she had sung at her nan’s funeral – In The Arms Of An Angel – and went through to the quarter finals.
The auditions continue today and tomorrow between 10am and 6pm and you can register in advance at www.broadstreetmall.com/events2012/ or turn up and register on the day.
The quarter final is on Saturday at Broad street Mall from 11am to 3pm. On Sunday morning, between 10am and 1pm, the semi-finalists will be judged, leading to the final from 2pm until 4pm that afternoon.
The judges on Sunday will include X Factor finalist from Reading Danyl Johnson and Nathan James, ITV’s Superstar finalist from Sonning, as well as Broad Street Mall boss Steve Fawke and Reading Post deputy editor Hilary Scott.
Danyl and Nathan will also be performing for the shopping crowds.