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Young and old impress at Bracknell's Got TalentBy Laura Herbert
March 29, 2012
As the sun shone in Bracknell on Saturday so did its talent as acts auditioned for the first ever Bracknell’s Got Talent competition.
The event, supported by the Bracknell Forest Standard, has been organised by staff at South Hill Park and Councillor Gill Birch, mayor of Bracknell town.Auditions take place for the first Bracknell's Got Talent competition
Around 50 acts including singers, dancers, a magician and a belly dancer performed in front of a panel of four judges in the dance studio at the arts centre in Ringmead, Birch Hill, hoping for a spot in next month's semi-final.
Among the hopefuls was the oldest performer of the day, 82-year-old Bill Heffill who sang a piece from Phantom of the Opera accompanied by a piano. Bracknell Glee Club also auditioned as the largest group act with their rendition of Oh What a Night by The Four Seasons.
The competition, which was open to anyone of any age living, working or studying within 10 miles of Bracknell town centre, attracted different acts including magician Magi Cai, street dancers and an eclectic dance performer.
Many of the performers on the day were solo artists and sang a variety of songs including Adele’s popular Someone Like You and Rolling in the Deep. Other choices included Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts, Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy and Hero by Mariah Carey.
Following the auditions, the judges chose 24 acts to got through to the semi-finals on Saturday, April 28.
Producer and judge Lena Dee said: “I was really impressed by the quality and diversity of the auditions from street dancing eight-year-olds to Phantom of the Opera singing 82-year-olds.
“After initial nerves, a lot of the performers really wowed us with their talent and showed real commitment to their art form.
“We are very much looking forward to the semi finals where the 24 performers will audition in front of an invited live audience who will give their feedback on the performers and give them some great tips to take on with him, hopefully to the final.”
Lena added: “We are also offering eight chosen singers who had a good voice but needed to work on their confidence and stage skills the opportunity to have a free masterclass workshop with one of our top musical directors as we really want the performers to feel this is a learning experience for them and that they can continue to improve with some guidance and support from the team at South Hill Park.”
The successful applicants will now go on to perform in front of a small audience at the semi-finals, ahead of the grand final on Friday, May 11, where judges including television personality Andi Peters will decide who the winner will be.