For weeks the votes have been pouring in, with post arriving every day and hundreds of readers going online – so now we can reveal the shortlist.
Each of the 13 categories for the Guide Awards now have six shortlisted nominees who are all in the running to win.
Now the top acts will be deliberated over by our expert judging panel, taking into consideration the results of our public poll.
On Monday, January 20, in association with the Kings Theatre at Southsea and Wave 105, the awards show will celebrate the best local talent in music, stage, comedy, film, art and food and drink.
It’s the night we honour the best in local entertainment, from bands to artists and actors to films.
The night will not only include the presentation of trophies to all the winners, but also our Special Achievement Award will also be presented.
The exciting evening will also feature performances from our nominees and winners, past, present and (maybe) future.
Already confirmed to appear is one of the area’s best-known amateur dramatics groups, the Portsmouth Players, who will return to the theatre to perform an excerpt from their forthcoming production of Grease.
Joining them on stage throughout the evening is The News Instant Star winner and Guide Award nominee, singer and songwriter Jerry Williams.
And all the action is happening in front of an audience of nominees, industry professionals and News readers. The night is going to be jam-packed full of entertainment and gripping announcements, with acts appearing between awards presentations.
But you don’t have to be a nominee or a performer to go along. Anyone can get a seat to watch the ceremony unfold.
To apply for free tickets January, call the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on (023) 9282 8282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or write to Guide Awards Tickets, Kings Theatre, 20-24 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2QL.
IN THE RUNNING
Max and Ivan
Off Beat Offensive
Day Of The Rabblement
Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Kill Em Dead Cowboy
BEST SOLO ARTIST
The Boy I Used To Be
Teddy Bear Story at Portsmouth City Museum
Access All Areas at Portsmouth Guildhall
Flights Of Fancy at Portsmouth Natural History Museum
Albert Road Trail in Southsea
Hayling Billy 50 exhibition, The Spring, Havant
Any Port In A Storm at Portsmouth Guildhall
BEST RESTAURANT/PUB/WINE BAR
The Hurdles, Droxford
The Corner Café, Portsmouth
Koh Thai Tapas, Southsea
King’s Tavern, Southsea
Roosters Piri Piri, Gunwharf Quays
Send In The Clones
BEST PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION
Barnum, Chichester Festival Theatre
The Taming of The Shrew, Portsmouth City Museum
Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kings Theatre
Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose, Portsmouth Festivities
Phantom of The Opera, Mayflower Theatre
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, The Wedgewood Rooms
BEST AMATEUR DRAMA PRODUCTION
The Ghost Train, HumDrum, The Spring
Anne Frank, One Off Productions, Kings Theatre
The Hound of the Baskervilles, HumDrum, The Spring
Company, CCADS, Riverside Theatre, Chichester
Iron, Bench Theatre, The Spring
Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors, The Pyramids Centre
BEST AMATEUR MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Whistle Down The Wind, CCADS, Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Evita, South Downe Musical Society, Ferneham Hall, Fareha,
The Sound Of Music, Hayling Musical Society, Hayling Community Centre
The Code Of Love, Louise Helyer, Gosport
Little Shop of Horrors, Portsmouth Players, Kings Theatre
Crazy For You, South Downe Musical Society, Kings Theatre
BEST AMATEUR ACTOR
Sam Treharne, Look Back In Anger, Bench Theatre
Lewis Bailey, The Hound of the Baskervilles, HumDrum
Lewis Robinson, Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors
Peter Colley, 84 Charing Cross Road, HumDrum
Tony Doye, The Sunshine Boys, CCADS
John-Paul McCrohon, Company, CCADS
BEST AMATEUR ACTRESS
Georgia Hamorak, Anne Frank, One Off Productions
Jeanette Broad, 84 Charing Cross Road, HumDrum
Samantha Kelly, Evita, South Downe Musical Society
Kerry McCrohon, Aspects Of Love, CCADS
Sally Hartley, Iron, Bench Theatre
Helen Stoddart, Crazy For You, South Downe Musical Society
BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC ACT
David Price, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir
Solent Symphony Orchestra
George Burrows, Portsmouth University Choir
Portsmouth Festival Choir
Portsmouth Baroque Choir