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!