Gympie's Got Talent a huge success
THE money is still being counted but that hasn’t stopped Gympie’s Got Talent organiser Leanne Heck from touting this year’s event a huge success.
“It went fantastic,” Ms Heck said yesterday.
Saturday night’s final attracted a large crowd of supporters and raised funds for Brekkie Klub, which serves breakfast at three local schools.
Ms Heck said parents of younger children were happy the talent quest gave youngsters a chance to build their confidence and gain some experience performing in front of an audience.
“The judges took a little longer to deliberate this year because of the higher calibre of talent,” Ms Heck said.
This year, past judges Taureen Thompson and Andrew Hosking returned and new-comer Rachael Calrow joined them for the tough decision. Winners in each of the four categories received a $250 Big W voucher, while second place-getters won a $150 voucher, each provided by Cento.
Benjamin Stubbs was named The Gympie Times People’s Choice Award winner for his hip hop dance routine, which was a hit with the judges; he also won the sub junior category.
Second place sub junior winner was Henry Dahl who played Pink Panther on the clarinet.
In the junior category Maddy Exarhos captured everybody’s attention as she danced away to the song Halo; second place went to Talisha Young, who sang My Heart Will Go On.
In the adult section the final act of the evening, Tom McCahon, received a standing ovation from the audience for The Prayer, which took out first place.
Mr McCahon said he chose the Andrea Bocelli song as it was powerful and matched his voice. He said he sang his whole life across Australia and New Zealand, having recently moved to Gympie.
Alisha Todd scooped second place in the adult category by singing her own composition of You Should Be Buying Me.
For groups, Andrew Cross and Elle Mayfield “moved” the judges, singing the TV show Glee’s version of Hello made famous by Lionel Ritchie, while Elle played piano.
The pair, both year 12 students at Gympie High, have only been singing together for a year. They said it was a great reward to win.
The Harmonettes took out second place in the group category with their strong harmonies.
Gympie’s Got Talent organiser Melissa Hooper said the judges had such a hard time deciding the winners, particularly in the junior and adult categories, as there was a diverse range of acts showcased at the final, each displaying a high level of talent.
“We hope that next year the diversity in talents will continue to increase as we see more and more of our local community stepping forward to showcase their individual talent – whether it be dancing, singing, beat-boxing or rap,” Ms Hooper said.
All funds raised from the heats and at the final assist Brekkie Klub in continuing to serve breakfast at James Nash, Chatsworth and Two Mile schools.
The funding will help extend the service to another two schools in the coming months.