Friday saw the return of Worksop’s Got Talent to North Notts Arena. The event, organised by James Clarke, was a sell out with 650 people attending to watch the talented acts and hear the celebrity judges’ comments on each one.
The event started with a bang, as performers from Rebecca’s Dance Studios ran onto the stage and performed to Beyonce’s End of Time. They also made appearances throughout the evening as backing dancers for the finalists.
The hosts this year were male model Sam Reece, and make-up artist to the stars, Katie Daley. They did a great job of introducing each act as well as interacting with the judges and audience. On the judging panel was Angela Norwood-Pearson from North Notts College, Harley Judge from Love Island, Big Brother winner Isabelle Warburton and star of The Apprentice, Harrison Jones.
The first half saw a great variety of performances, including musical theatre singers, comedic dancing, gymnastics and rapping. The bar was set very high from the start, with each act receiving glowing comments from the judges, and new favourites being chosen with each performance!
After the first six acts had performed, I had the opportunity to take to the stage myself to give a speech about the work of RP Fighting Blindness and the importance of events such as Worksop’s Got Talent. It was fantastic that I had the chance to spread awareness of inherited progressive sight loss conditions, and the important work we do to fund medical research and support those affected. I then introduced the first special guest performance of the evening, the Worksop Community Gossip Choir, who gave a stirring rendition of When You Believe.
During the interval we saw the return of some of the 2016 favourite acts, which entertained the audience while they were buying their raffle tickets, pre-ordering the show DVD and topping up their drinks. The second half of the show saw more talent take to the stage, with many of them receiving standing ovations from the audience and judges, including the soon to be winner…
This year the format for choosing the winner was different, with the audience being able to vote for the winner via an app. While the votes were being finalised, we were treated to a special performance from “The Spice Girls” and an amazing rendition of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked by last year’s winner Verity. James also took to the stage to talk about how much the event meant to him, and to thank everyone involved.
All the acts came to the stage for the final results. There was a huge cheer as Chloe, a 10 year old who sang a powerful version of Adele’s When We Were Young was announced as the winner of Worksop’s Got Talent 2017! A worthy winner!
The event was a great success, with everyone having a great time, and over £7,000 raised for RP Fighting Blindness. Thank you so much to James Clarke for organising this brilliant event, and to everyone who took part both on stage and behind the scenes!
Fundraising Events Manager