North West Search For A Star 2008
Resorts & Destinations Association Search For A Star North West Area
Final took place on Thursday, 18 September 2008 at the Southport
All the cast at this
years event where very well received by the judges and audicance
alike. This year was one of the hardest years to date, as very
little differences where shown between all the acts. All of
them put on a very strong performance and all won over the harts of
the audience, so it was very sad to have to see just on act get
through to represent the North West in this years National Final,
that will be held in Margate on 22 November 2008. This years
winning act from the North West Search For A Star will not only
represent Southport and the North West, but also Liverpool, a major
honor as the city is Capital Of Culture this year! Back stage was
electric through out the night, with good humor though out.
What surprised me most was their was not allot of nerves showing and
all the acts helped and supported each other. Most years their
is one or two shy acts who do not mix, but this was not the case
this year. Starting the night was Susanne Morris, a veteran of
this event and a very strong competitor. Next were Amy Shelton
and then Scott Chapman. They where followed by Kim Howlett,
Simbhan McNally and Nic Donnelly, with the last tow acts of the
first half being Gina Harrison and David Ashley. All of them
put on a fantastic display of vocal talent and as each one took to
the stage, the bar was raised higher and higher. By the second
half it was hard to guess what was going to happen. So tight
where the marks. Starting the second half was Callum Simmon
swiftly followed by Jodie Hamblet. Jodie was the liveliest
act, running around the stage and at one point diving behind the
band. Then came Kortni Turner followed by Carly J Kelly.
Carly who traveled the farthest to sing on the night gave a
tremendous performance and looked stunning... by now all the
acts personalities and styles where beginning to come through.
Last up was Dickie Wood who ended the competitive acts. The
judges had a huge task on their hands to find the winner. This
amazing night was well worth watching and I can see many of the
nights acts being big names, if they can hold in their, ever as pop
stars or as theater stars. After a long session by a guest
star and the band, the judge’s results came in.
Un-surprisingly the time seemed to wiz by for many of the acts at
this point. The side of the stage suddenly became very quiet
as the results where read out. Coming third was Nick Donnelly;
in second place was Kortni Turner. Both of them are very
strong acts and I think I can safely say we will see more of these
two very soon! Then the tension back stage became intense, and the
winners name was announced.
The winner was Jodie Hamblet.
At first she did not realize it was her, but all around her the acts
where congratulating her. She was in total shock. She
was moved on stage by the other acts and she suddenly snapped back
in to gear... It was a fantastic site to see the support of
the other acts and that no mallis was shown towards her. After
she had got her breath back, she was asked to perforce the last
number of the night. As the stage lights dimmed, we moved here
to one side and got a very quick sound bite off her. You can
hear for your self how stunned she was. As se left the back
stage she it was electric, with her over the top, but friendly and
bouncy personality taking over as she was greeted her family.
Well done Jodie!
Good luck to you in the National's, do us prowled! As for the
others, I hope to see you in next years event, as you where all
stars and I think as I said before, many of you will go far......
To here the audio and to see the
photographs from the night, please
click on here now!
Also read this weeks Southport Champion Newspaper for more Search
For A Star news....