Review: Tonypandy’s Got Talent 2013

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It was a sunny and hot Wednesday evening in Tonypandy where I was attending my old secondary school, Tonypandy Community College, for their first-ever talent show, ‘Tonypandy’s Got Talent’.

The evening had a range of talent from singing to dancing and from body tricks to comedy. With all finalists being students from Tonypandy Community College, the evening was looking to be an interesting evening of talent.

There were 9 finalists:

VocalistJoshua Bull
Dancers
Shannon Hewitt, Lola Schorschinski and Nicole Jones
VocalistKayleigh Gregory
Vocalist
Ebony Denton
EntertainerStephanie Jenkins
VocalistZoe Jones
Body Tricks
Morgan Jones
BandCameron, Rhys and Shay
Vocalist
Cody Homer

Now, there wouldn’t be a talent show without judges would there? The judges for the evening were, former Welsh rugby international, Morgan Stoddart, who was then joined by GTFM Radio presenter, Mark Andrews, and they were both joined by a young lady off the well-known and popular BBC Three TV series, The Call Centre, Hayley the Tea Lady.

The talent show was organised by Year 12 business studies students with help from ICT and Business Studies teacher, Sarah Pitcher, alongside Performing Arts teacher, Natalie Richards.

The show kicked off at 6.10pm with Tonypandy’s very own Ant and Dec, Year 9 students, Ross Colcombe and Ellis Powell.

The first act to open the evening was Cody Homer, who performed her own song she composed herself while playing the piano.

The next act to follow was three Year 7 pupils who were dressed in onesies performing a dance routine to a mix of songs including Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Gabz’ new song, Lighters (The One).

After a wonderful dance performance from the girls, it was time for Year 8 pupil, Joshua Bull, to take to the stage with what was an outstanding vocal performance which had the crowd on their feet.

Following an outstanding performance from Josh, it was time for another vocal performance by a young girl, Kayleigh Gregory, who performed a well-known Bon Jovi classic, Livin’ on a Prayer.

It was now time for the final act before the interval which was, another vocalist who was very shy before she entered the stage, who was Zoe Jones, but her performance was so fantastic she had a standing ovation at the end of her performance.

It was now time for a quick break, so during the break I caught up with one of the organisers, Dewi Harris, to see what he thought of the show so far and how he felt being one of the organisers, here is what he said:

“I think being one of the organisers of this show is very impressive and I am very proud of myself and the team of other Year 12 pupils who have set all this up this evening and I’m so glad that the audience and the judges are enjoying the evening!”

It was now time for the second part of the talent show with only 4 more acts competing to be the winner of Tonypandy’s Got Talent 2013.

The first act up on stage was entertainer and singer, Year 8 pupil, Stephanie Jenkins, who had the crowd in tears of laughter after what was a very energetic performance.

The next to follow was, a young very shy boy, Morgan Jones, who performed some strange and some stomach turning body moves, which included popping his shoulder out of place and back in again.

Up next on stage were three young boys, who were performing a melody of songs from the charts, with vocals, keyboard and a ukelele, who were Rhys, Cameron and Shay. The boys had some outstanding comments from the judges and a massive applause from the crowd.

The final act of the evening was Year 10 pupil, Ebony Denton, who recently won an award in the Youth Events Wales competition for singing. Ebony had an outstanding performance and wowed both the crowd and the judges with a fantastic singing voice.

After Ebony’s performance, it was now time for the judges to round up the scores to see who was going to be the winner of Tonypandy’s Got Talent 2013. All the scores were added up and the winner of Tonypandy’s Got Talent 2013 was…Miss Ebony Denton!

The crowd and judges were on their feet to congratulate Ebony on winning the first ever Tonypandy’s Got Talent.

After the show I caught up with Ebony to see what she had to say about being the winner of Tonypandy’s Got Talent 2013:

“I’m speechless, I cannot believe I have won this show, I was up against some excellent talent. Thanks to the judges for choosing me as the winner and will definitely enter again next year.”

I then caught up with the judges to see what they thought of the talent at Tonypandy, here’s what they all said as individuals:

Mark: “Well, where do I start off, there was so much talent here this evening I don’t know what to say, it was a pleasure being a judge here and congratulations to Ebony for winning.”

Morgan: “Outstanding talent, best I have ever seen, more schools and youth centres should do more things like this in the future, well done to everyone involved tonight!”

Hayley: “Well, I am speechless, this was well worth the journey from Swansea. I saw some amazing talent up the valleys, a massive well done to Ebony and all the other finalists for making it here tonight.”

Overall I think the event was well organised and ran smoothly all night; well done to all the Year 12 Business Studies students for putting this on and the competitors and to all the teachers involved.

Keep an eye out for Tonypandy’s Got Talent 2014.

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