PERFORMERS from across the region took to the stage last night to test their talents in our Instant Star 2015 competition.
Seventeen acts tried their luck in the auditions for our annual contest, which took place at The Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea.
This year’s entrants were dominated by singers and singer-songwriters, with performances ranging from classical songs to big ballads, original compositions and show tune belters.
However, a handful of those who applied to enter clearly felt the pressure, as they failed to make it to the auditions.
As part of their prize, the winner will get the chance to appear at the Children in Need gala show at the Kings Theatre next month.
And the judging panel, which consisted of Wedgewood Rooms manager Geoff Priestley, Children in Need show producer Steve Pitt and The News’ entertainment editor Chris Broom, had a tough time picking a winner.
It was a really difficult decision to make. There were some very impressive performances up there on the stageSteve Pitt
The winner will be contacted today and will be announced in tomorrow’s News.
Geoff, whose venue hosted the auditions for the first time, was also a first-time judge for the event, and he said: ‘The standard was incredible and, I’ll be honest, it was much higher than I expected.
‘It was also the first time we’ve seen a lot of those performers, so it’s good to see the untapped talent that’s out there.’
Steve added: ‘In previous years it has sometimes been obvious from the judges’ point of view who the winner was. We couldn’t say that this time – we had to have some serious discussions about who to pick.
‘It was a really difficult decision to make.
‘There were some very impressive performances up there on the stage.’
The winner will also get to take part in the switching-on of the Portsmouth city centre Christmas lights on November 19. As well as appearing in the gala show at The Kings, they will also get to star at The Guide Awards and the We Can Do It Awards run by The News.
For tickets to the Children in Need show on November 15, call the Kings’ box office on (023) 9282 8282
n Don’t miss The News tomorrow when we will reveal who has won and feature all the acts that took part.