St.Helens Got Talent
Young people reach for the stars
Young singers and dancers wowed a full house at the Theatre
Royal for the grand finale of St.Helens' Got Talent.
The contest was organised by social landlord Riverside in
partnership with Merseyside Police and Safer St.Helens.
St.Helens' Got Talent was funded by Riverside and also by Safer
St Helens, through the Neighbourhood Action Groups - problem
solving groups who work to tackle neighbourhood issues involving
crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder.
A total of 31 acts who qualified at heats held across the
borough entertained a packed crowd of over 700 people.
The winners in the dance category were YMCA Gymnastics. Street
crew KL Dance came second and Irish dancer Megan Ramsey came
The Junior category was won by Cole Emsley, who sang Beyonce's
Listen. Keira Turner was second and Ellie Prescott was third.
Nicole Fagan, who sung a song from Les Misérables, won the
senior category. Tom Loughlin who sung O Sole Mio came second and
girl group 5th Sense came third.
Sitting on the judging panel were: 60s band 'Top Spots' singer
Mike Murphy, Cllr Barrie Grunewald, Cllr Sue Murphy, Riverside's
Community Engagement Manager Frank Burke, and Safer St Helens ASB
Coordinator Colette McIntyre. The event was compered by Chris Milow
from Wish FM.
Frank Burke said: "Now in its sixth year, St Helens Got Talent
is a great way of channeling young people's energies into something
"All too often young people are labeled as anti-social but this
event challenges these kinds of stereotypes and proves that the
vast majority of young people are responsible citizens who have a
lot to offer within the community.
"The standard of entries was really high and in addition to the
new talent, we were delighted to welcome back one of last year's
winners - dancer Laura Doveaston"
Cllr Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Family Intervention and
Safer Communities, added: "St Helens got Talent was a real
celebration of all that's good about young people.
"Their creativity, energy and talent shone through and showed
that we've got a lot to be proud about when we talk about young
people and their contribution to their communities."
Captions: Winners with judges at the event!