The sometimes hidden and often uncelebrated talents of Banbury musicians, artists and dancers were finally revealed on Sunday at the finals of the first ever Banbury’s Got Talent contest held at the town’s Mill Arts Centre.
After being selected from a diverse range of entrants, 18 finalists including singers, dancers and even a saw player performed in the sell-out final in the buzzing Mill Theatre.
Singer Jenna Hone scooped first prize for her show stopping performance of Witney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’, which won a standing ovation from the team of professional judges.
Martin Cabble, who runs show organiser Moon on a Stick Productions, said: “It was amazing, she absolutely blew us away. The fact that it was sold out was brilliant. The whole place was on top form. The judges said they had never seen a talent show with so much talent.”
Jenna, 26, will now be rewarded with her very own show at The Mill, backed by Moon on a Stick. Singer songwriter Erin Lilley, 14, scooped second place for her original song performed on piano and third place went to contemporary dancer Holly Massey, 19.
Performers ranged in age from nine-70. Mr Cabble said the aim was to help develop all the artists’ careers and pledged to meet with all the finalists in the coming weeks.
The show will run again next year with entries opening in October.