Ebonie’s Got Talent: 13 year old wins first round!

posted on 14 June 2011

Sunday night saw the first heat of Wakefield’s Got Talent in the Cats Bar at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The evening was a huge success with some very impressive talent on show! Fans packed out the bar to watch the Bradford Bulls v Saint Helens game on Sky then stayed to watch the exciting first heat.

Each contestant bravely sang twice, live on stage, and then based on their performances the judges had to decide on a winner to go through to the next round. The singers that came second and third place got the chance to sing again, in a live showdown where the audience voted for one other to go through to the next round.

The judging panel consisted of four judges that were certainly no stranger to performing arts and music. Jo Riddell, professional choreographer and experienced dance teacher was our first judge, joined by second judge Brad Dobson. Brad has years of experience in the music business with tours under his belt around UK and the USA. He is a songwriter and lead singer for local band ‘Cor Amor’ and is soon to be performing infront of Richard Rashman, who brought the likes of Busted and McFly to fame! Our third judge was Miss Jodie Alexandra, winner of the Wakefield Express Voice of Competition. Jodie is no stranger to performing infront of a string of judges and her knowledge and experience in this scenario will help her connect with the auditionees. Our final judge was Miss Laura Haywood, a representative from ‘The Big Red Theatre Company’, a stage school that supply young people for TV dramas and whose stage productions are second to none.

After a stunning acoustic set, singing a song she had written herself, 13 year old Ebonie Preston won 1st place! The juges were wowed with Ebonie’s composed and relaxed performance and couldn’t believe that she was only 13. The live audience vote was extremely close, with both singers doing incredibly well. Aimee Good really stepped up a gear in the sing-off but Abie Taylor, who sang Adeles ‘Make You Feel My Love’, just edged infront of her competitior claiming 2nd place and joining Eboie in the next round.

Everyone at The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats would like to congratulate all the singers on their performances on Sunday evening and would like to wish good luck to all the entrants that are yet to perform.

The next heat will be held on Saturday 25th June which will see both the under 16′s and the over 16′s perform. The winner of the competition will recieve a whopping £1000 and will have the opportunity to perform infront of thousand’s at the final game of the season against The Bradford Bulls.

If you think you’ve got what it takes then don’t miss out on this fantastic prize money and enter now! To pick up a form contact Sarah Elston on 01924 211611 or email her at sarahelston@wakefieldwildcats.co.uk. Give it a go!

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