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Date:- 23 July 2007

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ITV Granada Report's Croney's Tour Of Talent
Video Still copyright ITV and photographs by Patrick Trollope

GRANADA was on Merseyside in on Tuesday 17 July 2007 and then the following day in 18 July at Liverpool's Albert Dock. We court up with them at Southport. The event was held on a fantastic 60ft truck and trailer that made a stage out side the Southport Arts Centre on the Town Hall Gardens. "It was a nightmare to pick the best 2 acts of the day." said TV news presenter Paul Crone.

The event's auditions where held with rain lashing down for much of the morning, but unlike other parts of the UK Southport was soon to show blue skies and the sun came out to play in the afternoon.  Many local acts joined acts from all over the region to perform. One of the many acts was Lorry from Southport, who was applicant 103 and was not only the last to perform but also interviewed live on TV. The judges on the day where Fred Tolbert, Shaun From X-Factor and Dune FM's John Storey (John & Neil's Big Fun Breakfast Show). They had the hard job of picking a winner out of the best two acts of the day Singer Marcia Dandison from Manchester and beat boxer called Drace.

After lots of hard thinking Marica was voted the winner for that day. It was not just singers and solo acts who preformed, magician Kieron frightened the organizers with his razorblade swallowing, and dancers also took to the stage. One of the dance acts was Shells Bells who later preformed live for Fred Tolbert's challenge "Pie or Perform" by helping him sing "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window".

I have to acknowledge that 2 news readers of the future also did a fantastic job, Victoria and Mandy read out the next location of the event...   Click on the green icon below to see out full photo coverage...

Click here for more photos of the event.

We would like to thank Granada for their help in making this report and to say well done for showing
our region's talent in a fantastic light.

Also to see the to the official video highlights from Granada website click here.

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