BUDDING starlets keen to get their chance to shine in the spotlight can once again take part in this year’s Young Cambridgeshire’s Got Talent.
The county-wide competition will be kicking off with its first regional heat in March on January 21, before heading to Cambridge on January 26 and Huntingdon on January 27.
If you’ve got a talent - whether its riding backwards on a unicycle, juggling flaming torches or you’ve got a voice to rival Beyonce - then Young Cambridgeshire’s Got Talent, want to hear from you.
Last year’s winner Charlie Lake was picked from over 40 contestants. The 17-year-old dazzled judges with his rendition of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, and went on to perform at UK Unsigned.
He is now studying on a part-time foundation course in musical theatre at Mount View Academy in London, as well as working full-time with a recruitment agency.
The former Huntingdonshire Regional College student hopes to secure a place on a full-time degree course in musical theatre from September.
He said: “Doing so well in both of those competitions, let me know this is what I want to do. I would definitely encourage other people to take part. In terms of confidence, doing things like Young Cambridgeshire’s Got Talent and shows and competitions, is brilliant. “Regardless of whether you win or not, it gives you a confidence boost. And in this industry, confidence is everything. If you don’t have it, you can’t do it.”
Meanwhile 2010’s YCGT winner Aimee Peart-Webb, from March, was a finalist at UK Unsigned and has since gone on to secure a recording contract.
This year’s YCGT is run by Young Lives Get Creative volunteers. Three winners from each regional heat will be picked to perform at the final on February 17 at Anglia Ruskin University.
The competition is open to 11 to 19 year olds, and people aged up to 25 with additional needs. Entries will be judged by a panel of three or four representatives.
INFORMATION: To take part e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or turn up on the day. The March audition will take place from 10am to 1pm at the Town Hall, Huntingdon is at the Commemoration Hall from 5.30pm to 8.30p, and Cambridge is at Hills Road Robinson Theatre from 3pm to 7pm. You can also follow the whole show from auditions to the finals and get the latest updates on Facebook.com/YoungLives and twitter.com/Young_Lives