ENTRANTS in our annual Instant Star talent contest conquered their nerves to perform in front of the judges last night.
Entertainers young and old came to the Salvation Army community rooms in Albert Road, Southsea dreaming of being crowned the winner for 2013 and getting a coveted spot in a big Children In Need charity show at the Kings Theatre.
Performances ranged from singers and guitarists to a comedian and even a man performing a Chinese therapeutic dance to the sound of a didgeridoo.
The judging panel of The News features editor Simon Toft, Sandra Smith from the Kings and Children in Need show producer Steve Pitt were impressed by the variety of the acts.
Some who were on the list to perform seemed to get a case of stage fright and didn’t show up.
But those who did make it all got applause for their efforts, both from the judges and from family and friends who had come to offer support.
A total of 18 acts, aged from 12 to 75, were given two minutes each to perform. Then the judges conferred to decide the winner, who will be revealed in The News tomorrow.
Sandra said: ‘It was a hard choice this year and we had such a wide age range. But in the end we were unanimous.’
Steve added: ‘There was great variety and many of them were making their debut in front of an audience.’
The winner will get to appear in front of hundreds in the Children in Need show at the Kings on Sunday, November 10.
The show will also feature a Vegas Medley by Manic Stage Productions, the Wessex Cancer Trust Choir, Abstract Dance & Performing Arts and students from South Downs College in a performance that includes Welcome to Wonderland from Wonderland.
Our Instant Star winner will also get a coveted spot in two awards ceremonies organised by The News and staged at the Kings – the We Can Do It awards on Sunday, November 17 and The Guide Awards on Monday, January 20, 2014.
For Children In Need show tickets, call the Kings box office on (023) 9282 8282.
Video of the auditions will be on our website, portsmouth.co.uk tomorrow.