Could your talent make you the next Instant Star?

ON STAR Instant Star 2012 winner Jennifer Parker-Lummis performing at the Kings Theatre. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122904-4191)
ON STAR Instant Star 2012 winner Jennifer Parker-Lummis performing at the Kings Theatre. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122904-4191)
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DO YOU watch TV talent shows such as The X Factor and reckon you could do better than some of the acts?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to make it, then Instant Star is for you.

Today we’re launching our annual search for a star – and it could be YOUR big break.

Instant Star 2013 is a talent contest to find an act or acts to appear in front of an audience of hundreds at a special Children In Need charity show at the Kings Theatre in Southsea next month.

Last year’s winner was opera singer Jennifer Parker-Lummis from Gosport, who wowed judges at the auditions with her amazing voice.

As well as appearing in the Song and Dance 2012 gala show at the Kings, she also went on to star at The News Guide Awards.

This year we’re looking for another performer (or maybe more than one) to take to the stage on Sunday November 10 as part of a fabulous night of enter-

tainment for Children In Need.

So in just under three weeks we’re going to hold open auditions in Southsea to find a previously unknown act or acts to perform as part of the big show.

Whatever you do – singing, dancing, acting, juggling, conjuring or comedy – we’ll consider you.

Our judges – The News features editor Simon Toft, plus Sandra Smith from the Kings and Children In Need show producer Steve Pitt – will pick a winner/winners.

Sandra says: ‘We have so much talent locally. Enter and it could be you on stage at the Kings.’

Auditions are at the Salvation Army Community Rooms, 78 Albert Road, Southsea – just along from the Kings – on Wednesday, October 23, starting at 7pm prompt.

All entrants must register in advance.


To register for Instant Star, e-mail to with your name, address, age and contact numbers plus a brief description of your act. Put INSTANT STAR in the subject field.

We’ll then give you an entry number so you can perform on the audition night - Wednesday, October 23.

If you have a video, upload it to YouTube and include the URL link in your e-mailed entry.

At the audition children will be seen first. We’ll ask you to do two minutes, then judges will confer and pick a winner/winners.

Please make sure you’re available on November 10 and in the days beforehand, as you may be called for rehearsals.

Entrants can be of any age and we’ll consider any kind of variety act. Musicians should perform acoustic sets only and we’re restricting bands to a maximum of three people. Dancers may bring a CD to perform to. Acts have to be suitable for a family show. Closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday October 17.