Skerries got Talent Finale

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Friday 27th, 8 – 10 pm, Little Theatre – €5  
Matinee: Friday 27th, 5 – 6.30 pm, Little Theatre.

Photographs: Sabine McKenna, Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club.

See our blog for a report on Thursday and Friday.

This was the original programme text:

We discovered last year (2012) that Skerries really has got Talent!! The talent show finale was an incredible night, with some amazing winners, who have gone on to (even) brighter lights and better things.  This year, there will be twelve acts in two categories (primary school and secondary school) in the final. Get your tickets early as this was the fastest-selling gig ever last year!

The 6 primary school finalists for 2013 are:

Roisin Guildea 
Jake Guildea  
Jessica Diebold and Megan Churcher 
Jessica Doolin  
Star Singers
It’s a Girl Thing 

The secondary school finalists for 2013 are:
Kate Lambkin 
Emma Quinn
Fiona Garvey 
Shane Branagan 
Kelley Brassington  
Sarah Hawkshaw 
Iconic Dance Crew  


A look back to 2012

In 2012, we decided to try out the idea of a talent show, possibly spurred on by the popularity of many high profile talent shows like X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, and smaller ones like School Stars and Balbriggan’s Got Talent. Expecting a small turnout for the open audition stage, we were hoping we could get twelve strong acts for the final.
In fact, we were amazed to see the incredible talent that turned up at the auditions, and each brought lots of supporters with them. Over 70 acts performed – mostly singers, but bands, instrument players, drama groups, hula hoopers and dancers were also there. It was an incredibly fun night for everyone, many in the audience staying to watch for the full four hours of auditions! Many people said they didn’t mind whether they got into the final or not, they just wanted a chance to perform in front of an audience. And hats off to a wonderful audience….. despite us having no mics or speakers on the night, there was total silence in the hall for each act, and everyone got a huge applause. While many went on stage nervous and apprehensive, they all left the stage beaming from ear to ear.
Our experienced judges couldn’t narrow it to twelve acts and persuaded us to allow 16 through to the final. The final was the fastest selling Soundwaves gig ever, selling out the Little Theatre in two days, and lack of tickets was the subject of many emails and phone calls that followed.
Our judges Paul Kelly, Liz Seaver and Chris Kelly – all competent musicians and performers – struggled to decide on winners, and finally chose Eva Campbell as the winner in the Primary school category, and in the Secondary school / adult category the winners were Fergus Grant (3rd), Sarah Enright (2nd) and Hannah Hawkshaw (1st). Liz performed a couple of songs wonderfully, and Chris spoke about what a fun night the judges had, and how amazed they were at the high level of talent, saying that some of the acts were as good as he had seen on stages anywhere. The winners all received cash prizes. And all of them are performing as support for Ryan O’Shaughnessy this year!

8 thoughts on “Skerries got Talent Finale

    […] Put together and directed by Chris Kelly, who is no stranger to Soundwaves at all: He has contributed to, and put together, a number of shows over the years, in musical theatre, comedy, and other art forms. Having attended Skerries Community College and the Moore School of Performing Arts (and performed in many of their shows over the years), Rush-based Chris is now studying singing at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is one of the four judges at our Skerries Got Talent competition. […]

    Skerries Got Talent Competition | Soundwaves Festival 2013 said:
    September 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    […] This year’s Skerries Got Talent auditions are taking place on Thursday the 19th from 6 p.m. to 9 p,m. Do you think you have a talent? Would you like to audition for the Grand Finale on Friday the 27th? Then just show up on Thursday, no need to pre-book. €1 for solo entrants, €2 for groups. Two categories: Primary and Secondary School. (No adult section.) Email for more information. Make sure you’re available on Friday 27th for the Grand Finale! […]

    Skerries Got Talent Auditions | Soundwaves Festival 2013 said:
    September 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

    […] here (drum roll, maestro) the acts which will go through to the Grand Finale (for which tickets are going to be sold out by the end of tomorrow, I’m sure, so get to The […]

    […] Matinee: Friday 27th, 5 – 6.30 pm, Little Theatre, €5. (The matinee is practically the same show as the 8 pm show, but without an interval. Judges attend the 8 pm show only.) Tickets for the matinee will be in The Bubble Room from Saturday afternoon. […]

    Thanks again + some extra info | Soundwaves Festival 2013 said:
    September 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    […] it’s on to Friday with Skerries Got Talent Matinee and Finale.  The Finale (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) sold out so fast that a matinee was added (5 […]

    […] following information for the participants in tonight’s finale was sent yesterday by email, but just in case it missed some of the participants, here it is again: […]

    […] lyrical and musical evening that will be long remembered by those who were there. Friday’s Skerries Got Talent went fantastically well. Sell-out Finale, very well-attended matinee, and stars in the making, all […]

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