Variety’s spice to show life

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FOUR talented acts from the Fylde coast will be hoping to fly the flag for local talent, when a nationwide competition takes over Blackpool Opera House on Saturday.

Britain Does Variety is touring the nation in an effort to find Britain’s real talent, and more than 30 acts from the North West, picked at the Blackpool auditions, will be competing on stage in the Winter Gardens venue, hoping to make it through to the national finals in June.

Vocalists Jordana Armstead, from Blackpool and Sian Street, from Singleton, together with dancers The Bellydance Dolls, and vocal group The Showtimers, are representing the Fylde coast.

They will be competing against Chloe Dent (Preston), Rebecca Smith (Manchester), recent Layton Junior Talent Contest winners B Minor (Whitefield), Tasha Leanne (Salford), Prince Dube (Blackburn), Chloe Walker (Preston), Dylan Taylor (Southport), Latin Flame Acrobatic Dance (Lancaster), Sophie Roberts (Conwy), Oli Patto (Darlington), Cloii (Cheadle Hulme), Kaylea Stanton (Great Sutton), Declan O’Gara (Stockport), Molly Dunleavy (Bromborough), Bethanie Coates (Cleveland), Emily Lawton (Oldham), Emma Louise (Denton), Sophie Bond (Winsford), C.U.E Performers Show Choir, AKA (South Shields), Stephen Tarry (Irlam), Amy Faulkner (Manchester), Lizzie Hogan (Bolton), Sorella (Preston), Kaitlyn Lewis (Bury), Dave Regan (Aintree), Shirley Awan (Heald Green), Johanna McCrory (Preston), Gemma Louise (Leyland), Sarah Dennis (Radcliffe), Danny Stafford (Radcliffe), Flash (Newcastle) and Jerry Jack (Preston).

Britain Does Variety aims to put variety back in theatres looking for traditional variety acts, as well as bringing things up-to-date with modern, innovative acts.

The best acts from each regional final, as decided by the audience and a panel of judges made up of celebrities and industry professionals, will make it through to the national grand final in June, to compete for a whole host of prizes, including the chance to play the O2 Indigo, as well as the chance for at least one act to be showcased in front of the entertainment directors of some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious cruise lines.

The national finals will take place 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 Five).