Come on Crawley - show us your talent!
Belly dancers, gyrating pensioners, and singing sensations, are set to return to the Crawley’s Got Talent stage after Crawley Borough Council officially launched its search for the town’s next star.
Judges and former finalists took to Broadfield Stadium on Thursday (February 21) to launch Crawley’s Got Talent II.
The project which aims to break down barriers and perceptions between generations, was a huge success in 2011/12 seeing singer Heather Illidge take the crown.
This year, prizes up for grabs include a £500 cheque, and there have already been 60 entries.
A spokeswoman for Crawley Borough Council, which is putting on the event in partnership with Crawley Young Person’s Council, Vision in Youth Collective, and Crawley Town Football Club, said: “It’s a unique family event that encourages participation by all ages in an event for all ages, while seeking out the skills and abilities to celebrate the diverse range of talent in Crawley.
“Acts already confirmed at the audition stage include 41 singers, five solo dancers, three bands, five dance groups, a pianist, a musical theatre piece, a rapper, an Irish dance troupe, a belly dancing team and a magician.”
But the competition is still looking for more auditionees and people are encouraged to get in touch.
Vikki Jacobs, Crawley Borough Council development officer, said: “We are looking for anyone of any age to come and show us your talents.
“We really want you to come and join in.”
Judges for the event include Crawley Town FC manager Richie Barker, former TV Quiz host Paul Hendy, a member of Crawley Young Person’s Council and another young person yet to be announced.
Last year Thomas Bennett Community College pupil Heather, who was 15 at the time, won, after performing On My Own from the hit musical Les Miserables. She was one of 19 finalist who took to the stage.
There were also hilarious acts including sprightly pensioner George Phillips, 89, who tickled funny bones by whipping off his trousers to reveal a pair of tights and onions dangling from his legs.
George from Northgate who had performed in music hall acts for 50 years took to the stage and stunned judges with the act.
This year auditions will be held in March and April and the final will take place at The Hawth on May 18.
If you think you have what it takes and want to walk in the footsteps of Heather and George visit www.crawley.gov.uk/cgt or phone Vikki Jacobs on 01293 438565.
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