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Two Blackpool acts have sailed through to the regional finals of national talent search Britain Does Variety being held at the Opera House on Saturday, April 30

Blackpool based professional oriental dance group The Belly Dance Dolls (right) and teenage singer Jordana Armstead (far right) will both be taking part on the show.

Britain Does Variety is a nationwide talent competition with huge cash prizes and the chance to perform at the O2 arena in London and be signed by leading entertainment agencies.

The Dolls are Sahara - Abi Wright, Zofia - Zofia Grabowska, Ariel - Kelly Dennett, Maishka - Natalie Buckley and Zarah - Poppy Rapson.

The Belly Dance Dolls beat the competition and have qualified to the regional finals of Britain Does Variety.

“The jury told us that it is very nice and rare to have five young girls in a group that perform belly dance and we definitely have variety,” said Sahara, a well known dance instructor and leader and founder of the troupe.

The regional finals will be hosted by TV presenter David Payne and judged by West End Stars, radio and TV presenters, industry experts plus members of the audience.

“Britain Does Variety aims to put variety back in our theatres but we have not only been looking for the more traditional ‘old school’ variety acts,” said David. “We aim to bring things bang up-to-date with modern, innovative acts that deliver both variety and entertainment … real talent!”

The National Grand Final will take place on June 11 at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering.

The team behind Britain Does Variety is Kerry Kenton-Clarke (creator of and TV Presenter Dave Payne (milkshake, Channel 5).

Kerry added: “We know there’s a wealth of talent out there desperate for the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, hone their skills and get some positive exposure. We’re offering them the opportunity to do this in a live, professional environment whilst also competing to become the Best of British Variety!”

For more information visit the website or send email to for the details of the show and how to buy tickets.