- The Final of
Pleasureland's 'Fame' Search For A Star 2005
by Patrick Trollope
THE end of what
has been a stunning series of performances was just breath
taking. Considering that the competition is only a small one,
the talent that had come to it was immense. This was one of
the bet singing contests I have ever seen and the contestants who
managed to get through to the finals richly deserved the acclaim
they received on the night. The contesters were....
Jennifer Atherton age 17, Bootle; Jennifer Barkley age 16, Greasby; Beckie Bell age 19, Formby; Sandra Blakelidge age 21, Parc-Craig-Glais, Aberystwyth; Wendy Chalke age 17, Southport; Rachel Cooper age 19, Leyland; Chris Davies age 19, Wigan; Paula Dickinson age 19, Southport; Viki Duffy age 17, Wavertree; Elizabeth Guilfoy age 19, Heywood; Samantha Hilton age 19, Chorley; Philip Hughes age 29, Birkenhead; James Lacey age 16, Grassendale; Jodie Lamb age 24, Liverpool; Suzanne Morris age 25, Aintree; Vicky Noon age 23, Wigan; Jessica Price age 20, Southport; Jenny O'Connor age 29, Aintree; Sharon Radcliffe age 21, Southport; Michael Ryder age 17, Crosby; Leanne Tagoe age 24, Childwall and Heather Tomlinson age 24,
Sadly even with all this
talent, only one could be the winner and the judge had a very had
time finding him. This meant the judges had to take over
health a hour voting on who would get the credit as the winner of "Fame"
2005. It was so close that the judges had a
heated debate, but one lad stood out above the rest, as he was the
only one to play a musical instrument and his act was
stunning. That was Michael Ryder with his classical guitar
playing and singing. Michael sang a Damian Rice song
called 'Delicate' and the a song by a band called 'Training',
entitled 'Drops of Jupiter' to a rapturous applause
from the packed out Casablanca Restaurant area. If you
missed his performance you can here it here by clicking on play
below. More of the performances will be played on
Liverpool Reporter next weekend.
Taking second place was Wendy Chalke
and third place was James Lacey.
I have to say well done
to all of you who battled it out through the heats, even if you did
not get to the semi finals or the final every one who entered this
year did fantastically well and I hope to see you all next
year. For the finalists, you all were truly amazing and
even if you did not win you are winners in our books.
Congratulations to you all. See you next year or at the
British Resorts, North West Heats of "Search For A Star
2005" in the Southport Arts Center later this
year. Keep a look out on this site for more information..
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