A touch of country, a bit of dance and a powerful performance of chart topping Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah helped Shauna Tayor (pictured left) into the winner’s spot at the first ever talent contest held at Ma Kelly’s Station Showbar in Blackpool.
Seven singers took to the stage in Ma Kelly’s Got Talent, each one singing three songs and being judged on appearance, song choice and overall impression by a panel of three judges.
Shauna’s selection was a dancer version of Sometimes When We Touch, Lone Star’s country classic Amazed and hallelujah all delivered with a likeable professionalism.
Opening the evening was John Williams who instantly took control of the entire stage area and impressed with material made famous by The Killers, Michael Buble and The Temptations – hopefully assuring himself of future bookings at the Dickson Road venue.
Catherine Harris seemed daunted by the occasion, looking nervous and rarely raising her eyes from staring at stage or the karaoke-style lyrics on screen. Even on the uptempo anthem I Will Survive she looked unhappy.
Lauren Body was certainly out to impress but probably over egged her part of the proceedings with a far too high powered set. She just about got away with Cher’s Turn Back Time but I Am What I Am was all power and no control.
Anne Marie Scott chose her material well – accompanying herself on keyboard for Adele’s Someone Like You, making a decent go of Holding Out For A Hero before delivering Celine Dion’s version of Roy Orbison’s I Drive All Night with considerable gusto.
Dean and Ricky provided the novelty of a male duo to the occasion. Their image is daily singing barmen but their Robbie Williams and Boyzone material proved popular before they tried a little too hard to Rat Pack things up with Me and My Shadow.
Bringing the evening to a close was Jos Wright, a professional looking performer who needs to beware of performing more for himself than for his audience. A good set which combined the Luther Vandross ballad Dance With My Father Again and material originated by The Drifters and Kings of Leon proved he can ring the changes.
The event was compered by Scott Gallagher.