Waterford’s Got Talent judges inlcude Darren

Skelton, Des Manahan, Betty Bible and Roddy Cleere.

Waterford’s Got Talent! F

Focus Ireland call for auditions from Waterford’s top talent

ocus Ireland is calling on Waterford’s top talent to audition for the chari- ty’s very own version of the hit show

Britain’s Got Talent to raise vital funds and awareness for homeless services across the city and county. “Waterford’s Got Talent” is open to all

ages and talents so whether you are a musi- cian, singer, magician or impersonator – the charity is urging everyone to take part in this special event. The competition is free to enter and the winner will walk away with a top cash prize of €1,000. Auditions for the show will

take place in Central Arts, Parade Quay, Waterford City, from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. on Sunday, 26th March. During these auditions, a shortlist of 16 acts will be selected to perform at the semi-finals, which will be hosted in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of April. Focus Ireland Regional Fundraising Co-

ordinator Margaret Coleman said “All acts should book their audition slot in advance to avoid disappointment. The deadline for registration is Friday the 17th of March and we are calling for a wide variety of talents to take part.” Over the course of the two semi-finals,

8 contestants will be voted through to the final. A panel of at least three judges will judge the final and as with the semi-final, the judges’ vote only counts for 50% of the overall vote. The audience and/or support- ers of the acts who can buy votes for their preferred act determine the remaining 50%

of the vote. Audience votes can be cast on the nights of the finals, with each vote costing €1. The overall winner will be the act with the highest combined score and will take home the cash prize. Speaking ahead of the event National

“You either have

it or you haven’t, you just can’t hide talent!!”

Fundraising Initiatives & Retail Manager at Focus Ireland, Rebecca Reynolds said “We are very excited to bring this fantastic event to Waterford and to showcase all the great talent we have in the county. This event will raise much-needed funds for our services which are on the frontline of the housing and homeless crisis here in Waterford. It’s shocking to think that over 20 families every month are losing their home in Waterford and events like Waterford’s Got Talent are

vital to help us cope with the demand

for our services. At Focus Ireland we believe that homelessness is wrong and work to find a lasting way out of homelessness for those impacted by the crisis. Focus Ireland have been providing services in Waterford for 16 years and Waterford is our largest hub outside of Dublin. We support hundreds of families, children and single people every month in the city and county and we rely on the public’s support to help us continue our work.” From dance to theatre to music to com-

edy – the Waterford’s Got Talent judging panel are hoping that a variety of talent- ed hopefuls will blow them away at the auditions. Among the judges is legendary Waterford actor and theatrical performer Des Manahan, who would love to see some

upcoming actors at next month’s auditions. Journalist and comedian Darren Skelton is looking for diversity amongst the acts; “as much as singers like Celine Dion would be welcome, it would be nice to see something different as well”. Roddy Cleere, long-time champion of

upcoming Irish groups and all-round music aficionado wants all acts to know that it’s not all about the competition, it’s also im- portant to enjoy yourself; “whatever talent you have, come out and have a bit of fun! We’re not going to eat you alive!” Also on the judging panel is Beat 102-

103 presenter Trish Archer. A big fan of the show’s original, Britain’s Got Talent, Trish wants to see the weird, the wonderful and the wacky! “I’m hoping to see some- thing completely different, something we wouldn’t expect”. Betty Bible – known as “Waterford’s

Queen of Dance” has over 60 years’ expe- rience in dance and is only looking for one thing on March 26th - talent! “You either have it or you haven’t, you just can’t hide talent!! Waterford’s Got Talent provides a great

way to support Focus Ireland - tickets to the event will cost €20 and all performers will be provided with 10 tickets to sell to their friends and family. Participants will also be required to seek sponsorship of €200.

For all queries about the event please

contact Focus Ireland Regional Fundraising Coordinator and Waterford’s Got Talent

Event Organiser Margaret Coleman on 086 6042854 or margaret.coleman@

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