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Edition No. 136

Date:- 24 January 2004

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"Fame" hit Southport's Pleasureland again...
Photographs by Patrick Trollope BA(Hons) LBPPA
The Judges

THE HIT competition "Fame" Search for a Star is running again and is held in the Casablanca Entertainment Centre and showcasing the finest singers from the North West and beyond. The fist heat was on Thursday the 23 January and it had singers from as far as Anglesey. Initial heats will be held over the next few weeks up to 26 February on every Thursday, with the winners going through to one of three semi-finals in March. The winners from those nights will go through to the grand final on 1 April. This year the first prize is £750, a recording session at Parr Street Studios, an opening set for a named act at the Southport Theatre and profile boosting coverage in the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post weekly titles. Second prize is given to the competition by our selves (PCBT Photography, Southport Reporter) and consists of a professional Portfolio shoot. Third Prize is 2 concert tickets courtesy of EMAP Radio. Last year’s competition attracted over 120 entrants, from as far a field as Wiltshire and Essex. The standard was exceptionally high, with each heat proving to be a fantastic evening’s entertainment. This year the acts are just as good and as the heats hot so do the performances...   

Last year Winner Liz Rushton performed an opening set for the legendary Drifters at the Southport Theatre, who were so impressed with here that they invited her to perform with them in London too. Runner-up Samantha Jones may be familiar to Pop Idol fans as she reached the final 50, whilst finalist Chris Mason is now touring with local band The Sandgrounders after being spotted at the final. 

So who knows what might happen this year.

Admission is free, and anyone is welcome to come along and watch. If you’re interested in entering the competition is open to solo vocalists aged 16-30, competitors must book in advance as we won’t be able to accept entries on the night ­ call 08702 200 205 for more details. 

On stage on Thursday was:- 

V Harrison, Paula Edwards, Sarah M Jones, Sonya Hursi, Natalie Barnet, Katherine Huriel, Antonia Parking, Clare Laley, W Salkson, Jennifer Stryde, Carley Lynch, Tqnia Newton, Michelle Taylor, Anthony Webb, Stepanie Web and Heidi McGeough.

Interestingly Heidi is partially sited and was the only one to dance on the night! 

The Man...

V Harrison

Paula Edwards

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