THE twelve finalists in this year’s Yorkshire Coast’s Got Talent were decided last weekend in a high quality semi-final.
Last year’s winner Leanne Burton took to the stage to open the evening before returning to her judging seat along with fellow judges, Katie Walker Cancer Trust fundraiser Wraggy and the Spa’s Jo Clarke.
Opening the evenng was the youngest competitor, 13-year-old Adrian Bishop who sang ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis, followed by baton twirler extrodinaire Lily Beth Greef, 15, who provided another skilful performance choreographed to ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ by Adele.
15-year-old Brodie Milner sang and played guitar on an acoustic arrangement of Noel Gallagher’s ‘Slide Away’, while Nicole Tindall, 15, sang a beautiful version of ‘Stay’ by Shakespeares Sister and Hannah Sylvester, 15 gave her own arrangement of ‘Warwick Avenue’ by Duffy.
Courntney Smalley, 15, made an impact with her dynamic vocal of ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ and was followed by 21-year-old Amy Davidson with Rhianna’s ‘Russian Roulette’.
Beat boxer Daniel Richmond, 15, was back on form with yet another great routine leaving judges asking “how does he do it?”.
Aimee Neesom, 17, delivered Adele’s Take It All, with the first half concluded by The Collette Tyler Dancers in their skeleton costumes dancing to Corpse Bride.
Kicking things off in the second half was girl trio ‘Tresbelle’ (15,15,18), who performed like seasoned popstars.
Luke Sharples, 17, took to the stage with his guitar and sang his own composition called ‘Measure Of You’.
16-year-old Kirsty Barber sang ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and Joe Stephenson, 18, was on form again singing ‘Always’ by Bon Jovi.
Amy Cleal, 19, ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from ‘Les Miserables’ and was commended by the judges for her performance and presentation.
Jessica Pearson, 17, again wowed judges with a song from the musical ‘Wicked’ called ‘Defying Gravity’.
Another of the younger competitors was 14-year-old Rebecca Arundel who sang one of her own compositions called ‘A Little Crack In The Window’.
Megan Rooker, 15, sang a Celine Dion version of ‘At Last’, while 14-year-old Tyler Smith sang ‘Empty Chairs And Empty Tables’ from ‘Les Miserables’.
Chantelle Maltby, 21, closed the show singing and playing piano to her own composition ‘Hard Times’
After much deliberation, the tension in the room mounted as everyone waited eagerly for the 12 finalists names to be read out.
Those going through to the final held at the Revelstoke Hotel on Flamborough Road, on Saturday, September 24, are Chantelle Maltby, Tyler Smith, Megan Rooker, Rebecca Arundel, Joe Stephenson, Kirsty Barber, Luke Sharples, Tresbelle, Brodie Milner, Courtney Smalley, Daniel Richmond, and Jessica Pearson.
On the night just over £300 pounds was raised with a door charge and raffle for The Katie Walker Cancer Trust.
Tickets for the final are £2 each and are to be purchased from the hotel reception, with a maximum of 2 tickets per person only.
Judges for the night will be Spa Theatre Manager Andrew Aldis, West End Singer and Musical Director Alex Weatherall, Viking Radio presenter Rosie Madison and professional entertainer Julie Coulson.
First prize in the competition is £1000 and a recording package from ‘My Own Album’ professional recording studio, in Hull.
Second prize is £500, and third prize on the evening is £250.
On Friday evening the Revelstoke will host its Junior Yorkshire Coast’s Got Talent.
Doors will open at 7pm and the show will start at 7.30pm. All are welcome and there will be just a £1 charge on the door. 1st prize for the winner is £250.
The event is sponsored by Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, and supported by the Free Press.