The finalists of Banbury’s first ever talent show have been selected after more than 50 acts auditioned for their spot in the limelight.
Since Banbury’s Got Talent organisers Moon on a Stick Productions unveiled details of the competition and its partnership with The Mill Arts Centre back in November, more than 50 acts have been through the application process and subsequent auditions.
Last week organisers revealed their final selection of 19 talented acts ranging from dance groups to singer/songwriters and everything in between. The grand finale will take place at The Mill on March 16 and Martin Cabble, director of Moon On A Stick Productions, is confident it will be a real treat for the 200-strong audience.
He said: “People can expect an absolute variety and even though there are a lot of singers, there’s a great mix; we have one finalist who is in musical theatre and a jazz singer – everyone’s in a completely different league.”
On the night – which will be will be presented by Banbury Sound’s Kirsty Leahy – there will be an audience vote and a judges’ vote and the winner will get their own show staged at The Mill. But Mr Cabble stressed the whole point of the show was to nurture all local talent. “We will stay in contact with everyone and follow their progress,” he said, adding there is also a possibility to produce a show including all the acts. Tickets for the final can be booked at www.themillartscentre.co.uk
The contestants are: gospel singer Natasha Budd, guitar/vocalist Jamie Felton, singer Sacha Luffman, singer John McGill, street dance group 2Fierce, singer Harry Ross-Hughes, musical saw player Caroline Watsham, guitar/vocalist Katy Jackson, guitar/vocalist Charlie Leavy, dance duo Dizzy Dancers, musical theatre singer Sarah Mellor, a capella trio The Skeptics, singer Jenna Hone, guitar/vocalist Jake Ostler, singer Tom James, contemporary dancer Holly Massey, guitar/vocalist Nicole Howlett, Jazz singer Penny Avery and singer Erin Lilley.