By Sally Alden

It was a full house at this years Quirindi Got Talent on Saturday evening. The Royal Theatre was packed to capacity as singers, dancers and a juggler took to the stage. Lauren Reeves performed two solo dances to take out first place in the dance section of the competition.

“There is no better feeling than dancing and to win is just a bonus.”

Lauren who is a Dance Teacher performed her own choreography.

“I was fortunate to perform in the US recently at both Disney Land and on Carnival Cruises,” Lauren said.

The energetic and creative performer has been dancing since the age of six and was thrilled to take out the dance title.

“It’s so much fun to perform in front of your home crowd.”

The delightful Emily Thorley took out second place in the dance section with her tap dance version of the Shirley temple classic, Good Ship Lollypop and the Intermediate Tap group were delighted to take out third place in the dance section.

Winner of this year Quirindi’s Got Talent performance section, Ethan Allen was the only performer to be called back on stage several times for compliments by the judges. When 19-year-old Ethan Allen quietly took to the stage you could have heard a pin drop with anticipation. As the self described Pop, R+B and Country Music fan started to sing the crowd sat open-mouthed and awestruck. Ethan proved to be a crowd favourite winning thunderous applause and the hearts of those fortunate enough to see his performance.

“I have always wanted to be a singer, I love to perform and this year performed at Tamworth. I’m overwhelmed to have won the performers section of Quirindi’s Got Talent and it’s been a great experience.”

Anyone wanting to book Ethan can contact him direct on 0448 825 476.

Judges at this years Quirindi’s Got Talent quest included Sid Collison the Area Manager for the Hunter Region of the Community Mutual Group (Sponsor), Wayne Leece from Quantum X (Sponsor), Erica Lawrence (Dancer), Janey Stent (Musician and vocalist), Melissa Widdis from Fortissimo Freestyle and Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor Ian Lobsey.

Lucy Crane once again proved to be a consummate and popular singer of the highest standard, taking out second prize in the performance section of the talent quest.

Band members from the Heavy Metal group Summon the Abyss were thrilled to take home numerous prizes, including the prize for a recording sitting with Record Ready Recording Studio, a video shoot with IXL and third prize in the performance section of the quest. To contact the band call Josh on 0421 886 124.

“The night was brilliant and we were one again impressed with the standard and diversity of the performers. It takes a lot of courage to perform in front of your home crowd and the juggler Wayne Barker and Heavy Metal Band Summon The Abyss certainly mixed things up a bit. It was also brilliant to see the growth in confidence of performers like Janelle Jackson and Ashley Cone who performed at last year’s event. The local crowd was again outstanding and we can’t thank the sponsors enough, the first place prizes and prize money for the other places has really drawn amazing talent,” said Wayne Leece one of the organisers and sponsors of the event.

To view more photo’s from the event go the gallery section of website or call Sally on 0415 706 943 to find out how.




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