THE standard of talent at the Midlands Got Talent final at the Moat Theatre last Saturday February 11 was phenomenal with Athy’s Joseph Gorman taking the crown.
The 12-year-old from Ballindrum, clearly impressed both the judges and the audience with his rendition of “Beauty and the Beast”. Joseph topped the Category A U/16 section and was then chosen as overall winner.
Túras won the over 25’s category with their brand of traditional excellence. while Newbridge College Transition Year students claimed Category B. Their band, The Shift, really got the crowd going.
The Moat Theatre in Naas was packed with family, friends and supporters for this inaugural event.
A special prize was awarded to Claire O’Flaherty from Ballyknockan, Blessington. The 14-year-old singer/songwriter composed a song called “Wicklow Angel” in memory of her close friend who died after she was knocked down by a car last year. Everyone was moved by Claire’s performance.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said Kathleen Smith, manager of the Moat Theatre.
“The whole competition was absolutely fantastic. It was our first time doing it and we didn’t know what to expect but we got a fantastic response,” she added.
Plans are already in hand for next year’s competition. The event was sponsored by Chapter 7 of the Credit Union and the prizes were presented by its chairperson, Breda Brophy along with Sean Murray from Naas Credit Union. The Leinster Leader and Kildare TV also sponsored the competition.
The judges were Sandra O’Rourke-Glynn from the Moat Players, Louise Coughlan, manager of the band Seven Days and Grainne Egan from the Leinster Leader. John Forde - The Piano Man entertained the audience while the judges carried out their deliberations.
Over 60 acts entered and there were three heats before they were narrowed down to the semi finalists and the finalists then battled it out last weekend.