AFTER a simply fantastic day at the Lichfield’s Got Talent semi-final on Sunday a host of outstanding performers have made it through to next month’s final at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre.
24 excellent acts gave their all before an audience at Minster Hall leaving the judges with incredibly difficult decisions over who to put through.
The standard was so high with several acts raising their performance beyond expectation.
The Lichfield’s Got Talent committee would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every semi-finalist.
They made the event special – there was some serious talent in Minster Hall on Sunday.
The 12 finalists for LGT 2016 are; Isabella Keeling, Ella Drew and Amelia Ward, Danielle Lycett and Nicole Harry, Matt Brooks, Richard Beckett, Catalyst, Olivia Hill and Mia Yeomans, Phoebe Jackson, Jaime Gibbs, Gemma Burr, Lynsey Ward and Alesi Summer.
It took much deliberation to decide who to put through, so much so that it was decided to include two wildcard entries in the final.
They are Olly Hensby and Iain Boggis.
Head judge Su Lindsey said: “The standard of talent at the LGT 2016 auditions and semi-final this year was simply the best that we have seen so far.
“The semi-final performances were exceptional, causing all the judges a very difficult task to choose the finalists.
“I can’t wait for the finals being held at The Garrick Theatre, to watch the chosen acts to perform all over again.”
Judge Stu Owen added: “The standard of entrants this year has been totally amazing and gave us a huge job to decide. Well done all of the amazing semi-finalists.”
And fellow judge Mark Eustace said: “With this being my first year as a judge, I wasn’t prepared for the extremely high standard of talent we witnessed. The semi-final performances totally blew all of the judges away and to say it was a difficult decision was an understatement.
“The finalists all deserve their hard-fought place and we just can’t wait for March 20th. This will be an even tougher night to judge.”
There was a great atmosphere at the semi-final.
The tone was set with a fantastic performance by the LGT KIDZ of Food Glorious Food from the musical Oliver!
Choreographed by Jemma Tiso the KIDZ are all local children who love to perform.
They will be entertaining at the LGT final on Sunday, March 20 with a medley of songs from Oliver! featuring Mark Gallagher as Fagin and LGT 2014 winner Chloe Whitelaw as Nancy.
Su and the LGT committee wish to thank everyone who came along on Sunday to support the semi-finalists.
The team is particularly grateful to Chiara Glorioso who hosted the event.
The charismatic presenter kept the occasion flowing, helped put the acts at ease and sought comments from the judges.
LGT sponsor Flower Design of Lichfield presented Chiara with some gorgeous flowers as a thank you.
Su Lindsey would also like to thank Mark Gallagher for all his help during the LGT auditions and the Oliver! rehearsals every Sunday and the semi-finals.
“Gal set everything out for us, and was our sound technical guy throughout all the performances,” said Su.
“Everyone needs a Gal in their life – he is one in a million, nothing is too much trouble.”
The LGT final is creeping up fast and the family and friends of the semi-finalists are advised to get their tickets from the Lichfield Garrick box office or by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com soon to avoid disappointment.
Lichfield’s Got Talent is being held for the benefit of three good causes the Teenage Cancer Trust, Lichfield Arts and Minster Hall.
Money raised on the night of the final will go to each of them.