17 September 2008>
Following an exciting day of auditions at Blackwood Miners' Institute last week 16 finalists have been selected to go head to head for the star prize at the final at Caerphilly Leisure Centre on Sunday 21st September at 6pm.
Among the acts put through to the final are a 26 year old trumpet player from Nelson, a group of 14 dancers from Fleur de Lys Amateur Dramatics and Musical Society, a stand up comedian from Ystrad Mynach as well as dancers, singers and musicians of all ages from across the county borough.
43 year old singer Mal Stone, from Bargoed, will be competing at the final against his daughters singing duo Bethan (19) & Hannah (16) who also impressed the judges with their singing ability. Will any members of the family walk away with the star prize?
Singing duo Matthew Oliver (15) and Kaysha Wilson (13) auditioned for the judges as individual singers but it was their duet of Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good which secured them a place in the grand final.
The contest will be compered by one of Wales' favourite entertainers Owen Money and the contest will be judged by a panel including Red Dragon DJ Leigh Jones. The winner will receive a holiday prize, which is sponsored by Morgan Travel in Caerphilly.
Tickets for the final cost £6 and are available from the Blackwood Miners' Institute Box Office now on 01495 227206.
The competition is part of the council's 'Get Active' event, a new nine-day event that takes place between the 13-21 of September.
Caerphilly's Got Talent Finalists
- Callum Wannell
Solo Dancer aged 13 from Oakdale Comprehensive School
- Johnny Hengoed
Solo Stand up Comedian aged 37 from Ystrad Mynach
- Joanne, Caitlin & Rhianna
Singing group of year 10 and 11 pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Solo Singer aged 11 from Lewis Girls School
- Mal Stone
Solo Singer aged 43 from Bargoed
- Zac Winwood
Solo Singer aged 10 from Glyngaer Primary School
- Matthew Oliver & Kaysha Wilson
Singing group aged 15 & 13 from Blackwood & Newbridge Comprehensive Schools
- Bethan & Hannah
Singing group aged 19 & 16. Bethan is a Law Student at Swansea University
- The Welsh Trumpeter
Solo Musician, Geraint Barnes aged 26 from Nelson
- Lloyd Harris
Solo Singer / Piano player aged 14 from Pontypandy
Group Dancers aged 16 from St Cenydd Comprehensive School
- Best Kept Secret
Singers / Keyboard player aged 15 from Lewis School Pengam
Group Dancers aged 12-20 from Fleur de Lys Amateur Dramatics Society
- CharlieSolo Singer aged 17 from New Tredegar
Guitarist / violinist aged 14 from St Martin's Comprehensive
Solo Singer aged 24 mother of two from Abertridwr
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