Chance to see the stars of tomorrow to day!
by Patrick Trollope and
by Anne Dalton. Page 1 of 3.
of heat 3 above.
competition is the longest running professionally organized
contest in the entertainment profession in the
UK now in it’s 27th year.
The contest will consist of 5 heats taking place on
Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th
and 22nd August, 12th September and
the Regional Final on Thursday 19th September.
All will take place at the Southport Arts Centre
starting at 7.30pm. tickets
for the heats are £5 each.
The winner will go forward to represent Southport
at the national Grand Final on Saturday 23rd
November at the Pavilion theatre, Bournemouth.
West area competition has been organized by Sefton
Council’s tourism division, in conjunction with
Scarisbrick-based entertainment agency, ABD Productions,
and is being sponsored by Champion Newspapers.
mounting as the third of the five heats takes place this
week in the Cambridge theatre at the Arts Centre on Lord
Street this Thursday, 15th August.
The contestants are from as far field as
Nottingham as ell as the North west area and the evening
promises to be as exciting as the previous two heats.
week’s contest will be compared by Simon Smithies.
The judges are Michel Hovden of Champion
Newspapers, Charlotte Maher of Dune FM, Rob Davies of Tom
Webb Promotions and Paul Bateman or Europa Productions.
evening’s programmed will be introduced, as usual, by a
guest “Rising Star”, a youngster who is ineligible for
the competition at the moment but who is destined for
great things. Greg
Fossard will appear as Heat Three’s rising star.
Greg played the juvenile lead in “Her Benny” at
the Liverpool empire after appearing as “Gavroche” in “Les
is currently performing in Blackpool at the Central Pier
in “Copycat Kids” which is on CITV.
He has made other frequent television appearances
including “My Lovely Son” with Julie Walters.
surprise guest artist, who will entertain the audience
during the judging process, will be Julie Davitt.
Julie is fresh from her lead starring role as “Sally
Wagg” in the sell-out musical “Her Benny”.
A seasoned performer in numerous musicals
throughout the North West, Julie is at home in light opera
and musicals alike. She
has been a guest singer with the Royal Philharmonic and
has made many radio broadcasts as a solo artist and as
part of the duo “A Touch Of Class” with Andy
a singer/songwriter, from Manchester, who has just
completed his debut album.
He has won numerous talent shows and was a national
finalist for “Search For A Star” last year.
He performed on the Mel B show “this Is My
Moment” and will be appearing on Micheal Barrymore’s
“My Kind Of Music” later in 2002.
he is a favorite club act throughout the country.
has been singing for 20 years.
He is a favorite act throughout the North west.
His act includes Tom Jones, Elvis and many more.
was a North West finalist in “Search For A
Star” last year as part of a duo.
She has entered as a solo act this year following
her success as a member of the cast of the sell-out
musical “Her Benny” at the Liverpool Empire.
Widnes, is a member of the promotions team for Wire FM and
has appeared as a guest artist at the Halton Show and the
Auto Ques Stadium. A
with local clubs, Racheal Marie enjoys
singing all kinds of pop music.
has been singing since he was four.
He is a member of SONG and has been in several
musicals. Sam has made several Showcase appearances and competed
regularly in talent competitions.
He enjoys a wide variety of music.
from Burscough, recently won the West Lancs Live
Competition and the Newburgh Talent Show.
She enjoys a wide variety of music and has been
studying singing with john Clarke. Her latest appearance was the Dune FM Woodvale Show.
or Freedom Love and Mother Earth is
a live performing band who writes all their own material.
Their musical style is in the 70s-80s, classic rock
vein with a 21st century feel and ranges from
haunting melodies to hard rock.
A Nottinghamshire based band with a female lead
vocalist, they perform all over the UK but mainly London,
Southeast and the Midlands.
The band was nominated in 1999 for the M.E.L.
Awards and is currently working on a new CD.
Litherland, is the only female comedienne in the
writes her own material and is a graduate from Hope
University in Drama and Theatre Studies.
Elaine has appeared on stage at the Neptune Theatre
and the Liverpool hope Theatre as well as being currently
on the North West Comedy circuit.
from Birkdale, is a singer/songwriter who composes
her own gospel folk songs.
She is also an instrumental writer and an
Rachel studied at the Colchester School of Music
and has been singing and acting from an early age.
from Scarisbrick, has been singing seriously now for the
past four years having discovered that he had a voice in a
talent competition at High School.
He was a finalist in the Ellesmere Port Talent
Competition and won the St Helens “Stars In Your
then he has performed at the St Helens Show and numerous
has gained varied experience, over the last 20
years, within the entertainment business.
An ex-student of the Independent Music School,
gaining many awards for singing, Mandy also studied ballet
and modern dance for 9 years achieving professional
is an advanced aerobics, body conditioning and body
physique teacher and an ex-lead singer in a local band.
Mandy has been a solo vocalist for the last year,
re-establishing herself by entering many competitions
around the North West.
yet more pictures of the 16 August acts!