Gympie's talent to shine in final
THE grand final of Gympie's Got Talent is shaping up to be the most outstanding in the talent competition's four-year history.
Centro Gympie marketing manager Anthony Mallett said not much more could be said after another fantastic showcase of talent at the fourth and final heat at the shopping centre.
He said the past four weeks of heats had brought a variety of top-class acts out of the woodwork, from an eight-year-old whistler to a young version of Peter Allen tap dancing on the stage.
Gympie's Got Talent again lived up to its name as 70 contestants took to the stage in the past four weeks of heats held in Centro Gympie, all competing for a share of $2500 in cash prizes.
Contestant Shaylee Hanson, 8, captivated the crowd with her whistling tunes and teen vocalist Jake Reid, 14, had one of the judges in tears as he performed an original song, Remember Me.
Rhiannon Cox and Flora Phyce had everyone proud to be Australian when they performed a heartfelt duet of the iconic song, I am Australian.
The judges had a difficult task during the selection process, deciding which finalists deserved to take to the stage for one final showdown before the 2012 winners were announced.
"Congratulations to our finalists and congratulations to all our contestants for making it such a great contest," Mr Mallett said.
"The judges found it hard to narrow the categories down to five finalists in each which is why we have six in two of the categories."
On grand final night, the judges would need the audience to help them make the tough decision and a winner would be selected through a voting card system to win $1000 put up by Centro Gympie.
The fourth annual grand final tomorrow night was expected to be highly entertaining with a focus on audience participation and a chance for members of the crowd to win raffles and a lucky door prize.
A big drawcard this year were special guests, comedians and radio hosts, Al and Nugget from Zinc Morning Zoo, who would join the judging panel as guest judges.
Another highlight of the night would be the Where are They Now segment where a past winner was invited to perform and speak to the audience about what they had been up to since.
The Brekkie Club, run by Christian Family Church in five Gympie schools, was the recipient of funds raised through grand final ticket sales.
Tickets were $20 for adults and $15 for children and concession holders and included a light supper and pre-entertainment from 6pm. Children under five were free if they sat on a lap.
Optus Network Communications in Centro Gympie is selling tickets until 3pm tomorrow or they can be purchased at the door on the night, depending on availability.
Tickets could also be purchased online at centrogym pie.com.au. For more information, phone 5482 1595.
Sub junior category: Ethan Shaw, Mary-Helen Buchan, Rhiannon Cox, The BFF's, Tessa and Caitlin Whitehorn
Junior category: Sarah Moro, Olivia Nolan and Talisha Young, Irena Exarhos, Angela Bahr, Jeremy Cent, Sam McCann
Adult category: Jed Gaze, Jessamy Fox (solo and duo), Alice Benfer, Melinda Austin, Hayley McFarlane and Naomi Geri