Auditions show that Portsmouth has got talent

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WHAT a talented lot you are! Entrants in our annual Instant Star talent contest got their turn in front of the judges last night – and did themselves proud.

Singers, dancers, musicians and a comedian came to the Salvation Army community rooms in Albert Road, Southsea dreaming of being crowned the winner for 2011 and getting a coveted spot in a big gala show at the Kings Theatre next month.

Bryony Way, age 6, of  Copnor, Portsmouth, was one of the Instant Star contestants   Picture: Malcolm Wells (112819-1110)

Bryony Way, age 6, of Copnor, Portsmouth, was one of the Instant Star contestants Picture: Malcolm Wells (112819-1110)

Performances ranged from a gymnastic dance routine to songs from the shows, a music hall act, stand-up and covers of pop and folk classics.

Several really impressed the judging panel of News features editor Simon Toft, Sandra Smith from the Kings and Helen Stoddart, one of the gala show’s producers.

For others it was a case of better luck next time, while some due to perform had clearly got a case of stage fright and failed to show up.

All those who did appear deserve huge praise for being brave enough to go through the nerve-racking audition process.

A total of 15 acts, aged from just six to 62, were given two minutes each. Then the judges met to decide the winner, who will be revealed in The News tomorrow.

Sandra said: ‘In the end the judges were unanimous about the winner. But there were a number of good performances.’

The Song And Dance 2011 show will open the Kings autumn season on Sunday, September 4. The evening is being held in aid of the Kings Theatre Restoration Fund, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Rosemary Foundation.

Those performing include West End stars Jack Edwards and Natalie Caswell, the Kings Youth Theatre – and, of course, our Instant Star.

For tickets, call the Kings box office on (023) 9282 8282.

A video of the auditions will be on our website, portsmouth.co.uk, today.