Eastbourne Talent Show... a truly magical evening

Eastbourne Talent Show. The Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Carolyn Heaps presents the award to the 14 and under winner Carl Parsons May 28th 2011
Eastbourne Talent Show. The Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Carolyn Heaps presents the award to the 14 and under winner Carl Parsons May 28th 2011

TALENTED singers, dancers, musicians and magicians showed off their skills at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre recently.

Twenty-four performers made it through to the gala final of the Eastbourne Talent Show on Saturday, May 28, after surviving a round of auditions three weeks before where 60 hopefuls were whittled down.

And more than 500 people snapped up tickets to watch the show.

The judges decided on the final line-up of 10 - five performers from the 13 and under category and five from the over-14s.

Then it was up to the audience to vote for the winners.

The 13 and under category was won by singer Carl Parsons and the over-14s was won by singer Chloe Sanders.

Both winners have won a four-hour recording session at Appleyard Studios. They also receive a cash prize, a trophy and a meal for four at the Curry Leaf Restaurant.

Runners-up, who will receive engraved trophies, were: Bethany Rands-Walsh, Fiorella Amicucci, Archie Norris and Chloe Murphy in the under 14s category, with the Seas Gypsies, Tony Mason, 4-Tune and Daniella Poland in the over-14s category.

Faiza Shafeek, the event organiser, said, “We are deeply grateful to Councillor Carolyn Heaps, the mayor of Eastbourne, who, along with Denise Harwood, the commercial director of the Enterprise Centre, Jeff Topp of Appleyard Studios, Carl Bird, owner of the Coffee Republic Eastbourne and Brighton and Graham Dawson of Showman Audio Visual, graciously agreed to present the prizes.

“We would like to thank Bill Fellows who was also a judge and lastly, all our sponsors, without whose generous support the Eastbourne Talent Show would not have been possible.

“We are indebted to our judges for their professionalism, dedication and involvement.

“We appreciate the support and professionalism of Jonathan Linsley, our stage director and MC.

“We are grateful to everyone who took part. We also like to thank Jal and his team from Icon Stylists for making sure all finalists had fabulously styled hair and last but not least Eastbourne Theatres for their support.

“Eastbourne Talent Show proved that Eastbourne really has got talent.

“The performers put on a show that had the audience clapping, cheering and jumping to their feet.

“And here’s to next year – and the Eastbourne Talent Show 2012.”

All the excitement was captured on camera and will be available to buy on DVD.

You can order your copy by contacting Faiza Shafeek at the Eastbourne Herald, on 414493, or via email, to faiza.shafeek@jpress.co.uk

• Visit www.sussexnewspapereventseast.com to see a video trailer of the event and a slideshow of all the acts.