- Search for a Star.
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by Patrick Trollope.
- Article by
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The longest running
professionally organized contest “Search for a Star” is in its 27th
year. In addition, this year promises to be no less than a sensational
success. Heat 5 held on Thursday 12th September at the Southport
Arts Centre, in the Cambridge Theatre on Lord Street. Sponsored this year by
the Champion Newspaper. Sefton Council Tourism division, along side
Scarisbrick-based entertainment agency, ABD productions, organized the
northwest area competition. As the tension mount so do the wide variety of
people that enter the competition. With some of them from as far a field as
Nottinghamshire and Carlisle as well as the North West area. The evening
promises to be as exciting as previous years.
The host for the fifth heat
was no different, Simon Smithies. An enthusiastic and charismatic person who
dominates the stage and pulls in even the most stubborn of crowds deep into
the performance. In addition, a rising star made a special appearance, and
sang beautifully for the audience. To young to enter the competition but
with a voice that is not to be missed. Olivia Holding, heat five’s rising
stunning start to her career, she was chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls to
play Little Nell in the sell out musical “Her Benny” at the Liverpool
Empire. Singer, dancer and actress Olivia secured a place on TV. In ITV’s “Where
the Heart is”. The judges for this heat where, Martin Hovden,
Editor of the champion newspaper, Derek Marks from Dune FM, Claire Stoker of
the Liverpool Post and Beverly Fisher of a & B Entertainments.
guests for heat five where Bulleon. A four piece female lead band with
Leslie as vocal and guitar, Pam as vocal and keyboard, Steve the guitarist
and vocal and last but not lest Pete the instrumental and vocals. There
influences lie in American new country and melodic rock. They are well known
up and down the country and are versatile in there shows, covering and
remaking old classics such as ABBA, as well as there own individually styled
material, encompassing four part harmonies. All band members are
professional with lots of experience in a wide and knowledgeable variety of
contestant to face the audience that day was Terri-Ann Devine. Amongst her
other achievements she has sang with Sir Cliff Richard at the London
Palladium, appeared on ‘The big Breakfast’ and a three year summer
season in Blackpool’s Central Pier. Not to mention numerous shows at the
Liverpool Empire. An energetic voice with lots of punch. Beautiful, You
could tell she enjoyed the night and gave her all. Following her was Alan
Henry, bringing a Latin feel to the show singing ‘All Night Long’,
‘Better Man’ and ‘suddenly’. Performing all songs with such
enthusiasm and emotion, the audience where clapping and cheering along with
the music almost immediately. Although an Essex man at heart, he has just
come back from 11 years in Jersey, wining the Jersey’s “Island
Club Singer Competition”. As one of the islands top duos, he has
played venues graced by top names such as ELO, 10cc, KOOL AND THE GANG and
Alexander O’Neil. He is now a very popular North West cabaret artist. Then
along came Bethany Greenway 16 years old from Southport. A member of a very
musical family and has been singing from a very early age. A seven-year
member of SONG (Southport, Operatic, New, Generation). With over fourteen
shows, she is a seasoned performer, and is through to the audition stage of
Pop Rivals for ITV. Singing ‘come
to me’ and ‘end of the line’, a flexible and powerful voice, able to
hit both the high and low notes. Putting a lot of emotion and meaning into
the songs and bringing them to life in her own unique way.
from Nottinghamshire enjoys all kinds of music. Has been performing from the
age of four and she is a popular cabaret act in the midlands. After going to
a performing arts school Lorna worked in a holiday camp in whales as an
adult and Childs cabaret entertainer. On the night, she performed an
excellent revision of ‘You are the My World’. A voice that is well
projected and very, very powerful. James Holman was next. A 16 year old from
Cheshire, winning the Manchester Musical Award for best newcomer to mention
but one of his achievements, performing at the London palladium and
Manchester Palace. He has been singing and acting from an early age and has
performed with Martine McCutcheon live on the BBC. In addition, he is
through to the 2003 ‘Stars in their Eye’s’ so look out for him there.
intermit on the theatre was buzzing wit people talking about who was their
favorite performer of the first halve. In addition, which songs where the
favorite. Mothers and fathers showing of that their children where
performing and hustle and bustle back stage to get the second halve
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singers wondering what the judges thought and even more nervous performers
waiting for their turn to enter stage left and impress the audience and
band that entered the compaction, Hidden Agenda. Set up when they met in
collage a four piece innovative band consisting of two females, Jemmy and
Beck, and two males Paul and G. All vocals and a brilliant harmony singing a
variety of songs. The have had success in these competitions in the past and
this year entered bigger and better as a four strong team determined to make
there mark. Olivia from Manchester though only 16 has performed and won the
NAG song writing competition and the finalist in the 2002 and 2001 Power
sound competition. A beautiful voice with a lot of impact. Then came Janine
form Manchester. Who has performed at many charity events and she enjoys all
kinds of music. Among her, other achievements she sang as a backing singe
for Dave Hemingway’s studios and is well known in the cabaret of the North
West’s circuit. A nice voice with a lot of soul and real emotion.
Walsh 16 and from Liverpool. As a solo artist, she has been performing for
five years and won the Star Time Challenge in Liverpool’s Neptune Theatre
twice, in 2000 and 2001. She also entered the steps top the stars program on
ITV. Finally, Nick the Entertainer. A working magician for ten years, his TV
appearances include an appearance on channel on boxing day 2001. In
addition, he is firm favorite at ids parties and celebrations and festivals.
stunning entertainment from Bulleon, singing along side there own work,
‘Waterloo’ by ABBA as well as a few of the greatest classics form the
60’s 70’s and 80’s. An excellent band with a great future and
experienced past. The judges made their decision. Simon letting the audience
wait in eager anticipation, announced the winners. In 1st place
winning the chance to perform at the finals on Thursday 28th September.
In second place, also winning the chance to perform in the finals James
Holman. In addition, in third place winning the prize money of £50 pounds
and an invite to next year’s competition. Every one on the night tried
there best and it was very hard for the judges to decide. The preparation by
everyone involved on and of stage could be seen on the night and the show
shone out as one of the best in the history of these competitions.
Congratulations to all involved and good luck to all at the final.
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