The voice of Rebecca Prendergast (Secondary) and the dancing of Tamara Davis (Primary) captured the winners prizes in Clonmel Commercials’ Clonmel’s Got Talent at The White Memorial on Saturday last. In a packed theatre the contestants all delivered top class performances and gave the crowd a wonderful night’s entertainment.
As the audience took their seats, some almost an hour before the curtain went back, the atmosphere began to build. Backstage voices were being warmed up, instruments tuned and dances perfected as the 21 final acts got ready to take the stage. From an original entry of 131 the competition was now down to these final acts. As host George Barry introduced the first performer the theatre was full and the crowd looked forward to the various performances.
Becky Mullins opened with a terrific rendition of “If no one listens”. There was never any chance of that title been right as the audience greeted Becky’s efforts with loud cheers.
The final was underway and over the next two hours the following 20 acts kept the patrons listening, watching and appreciating the wonderful talents on show.
Yvonne Murphy from Ardfinnan NS was fist up in the primary section and as has been the norm from this girl with an amazing voice Yvonne gave a lovely operatic performance. There were 11 acts in the first half of the show .
Fionn McCann, Cormac Looby and Andrew Smith from Rockwell displayed tremendous vocal talent with their version of Pompeii by Bastille.
Lucy Reilly, David Pyke, and Jessica Morris maintained the standard of the primary competition. David danced a hornpipe and commanded the stage while Lucy and Jessica both sang their songs beautifully.
Kye Burke and Sarah Lonergan from Loreto thrilled the audience while Clodagh Kelly’s fiddle skills shone.
The musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” made an appearance when Ellie Mackey brilliantly delivered the song “Gimmie Gimmie”.
Disciples of Frank sang “Skinny Love” while Courtney Arrigan, Zoe Burke and Mia Cashman danced their way to third place in the primary competition.
As the second half opened the Under Achievers from Grange NS were fabulous with their rock sound.
Caithlin McVicker and Lauryn Boyle, Toby Kane and Brian Mangan, were all outstanding in the secondary schools section.
Act number 16 was Rebecca Prendergast singing “I Need To Be In Love”. It was clear as she delivered the song befitting of the late Karen Carpenter that we were listening to a special voice. An effortless performance from this Junior Cert student wooed the judges as she claimed the secondary schools award.
The primary competition was also hotting up as Kate Lonergan sang her way into second place while the dancing of Jodie Boyle and Paige Connors was excellent and matched by Ellen O’Connor and Sarah Conway.
However the dancing moves of Tamara Davis won the judges hearts and her wonderful dancing and stage presence saw Tamara claim the top spot in the Primary section. By the time Jennifer Murphy and her trad band and dancers closed the show the theatre was bubbling with excitement .
2012 secondary school winner Mimi Lane returned to the stage and performed two numbers as the judges deliberated.
As the chairperson of the judges, Maria Fennessey took the microphone to deliver the results the tension in the hall could be cut with a knife. As each prize winner was announced the crowd showed their appreciation as indeed did the competitors who were generous with their congratulations.
In third place in Primary were Courtney Arrigan, Zoe Burke and Mia Cashman. Second place went to Kate Lonergan. While in the secondary section Brian Mangan was third with The Disciples Of Frank in second.
The cheers and applause for both winners as they were announced saw a fitting end to this wonderful competition. There truly is superb talent in Clonmel and it’s surrounds and these wonderful young people are clear evidence of this. Roll on the 2014 competition.