THE WINNER of Lichfield’s Got Talent 2016 was 23-year-old singer and actress Phebe Jackson.
Phebe gave a stunning performance for judges and the Garrick Theatre audience singing With You from Ghost The Musical.
In addition to the title Phebe won a £500 cash prize, a music recording session at Dusted Productions, a trophy, hair care at Cherry Vanilla Hair Boutique and a photo-shoot with professional photographer Zara Dowthwaite.
Runner-up was Olly Hensby, a fabulous singer/songwriter who wowed everyone with the smoothness of his singing and his fine guitar-playing skills.
In third place were young dancers Mia Yeomans and Olivia Hill with a tightly-choreographed routine featuring Latin styles set to lively music.
Phebe’s win marked the culmination of a fantastic evening of entertainment and five months of amazing competition for this year’s Lichfield’s Got Talent event.
The final kicked off in impressive style with a brilliant Oliver medley performed by the LGT KIDZ.
Featuring Food Glorious Food, You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two, Who Will Buy? and Consider Yourself, the youngsters showcased their singing and dancing talents and helped warm up the crowd.
The judges for the evening were Su Lindsey, the mastermind behind LGT, radio presenter Chiara Glorioso, Stu Owen, who worked extensively in the music business and Mark Eustace, a musician, designer of the LGT website and former newspaper editor.
Radio presenter Mark O’Sullivan did a brilliant job of hosting the finals and introduced each of the acts.
Jaime Gibbs (32) was the first up with a powerful rendition of Within Temptation’s Shot In The Dark.
Iain Boggis (39) then brought all the necessary swagger to Mack The Knife.
Singer songwriter Gemma Burr (21) performed one of her own impressive compositions, 9 year-old Isabella Keeling charmed with her tap dancing and singing of The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow from Annie.
Richard Beckett (33) sang Till I Hear You Sing from Love Never Dies and Lynsey Ward (18) displayed her rare singing talent through Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.
Young singers Ella Drew and Amelia Ward (both 13) drew compliments for the blend of their voices (and their trainers!), while Alessi Summer (15) battled through illness to give a powerful singing performance.
18 year-old Olly Hensby played his own composition Solid State, Mia Yeomans and Olivia Hill gave a great dancing demonstration and Matt Brooks showcased his powerful voice with Cry Me A River. There was a fabulous dance routine from Catalyst, sisters Danielle Lycett and Nicole Harry performed For Good from the musical Wicked before Phebe Jackson gave the final competition performance of the night.
While the judges were deliberating there were performances by LGT 2015 winner Mitch Alexander, LGT 2015 runner-up Nath Brooks and Alan Hazel who came third in LGT 2014.
Head judge Su Lindsey would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s event, her fellow judges, each and every member of the LGT committee, the competition’s sponsors including Doug Wright of McDonalds and the Lichfield Garrick.
Su herself deserves special mention as this event would not take place without the drive and determination she applies.
The event has raised over £16,000 for charity in three years and this year’s event is supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust, Sherratt’s Wood at Minster Hall and Lichfield Arts.
Lichfield’s Got Talent is an annual charity event organised by local volunteers to find local superstars – as proven by our fantastic winners from 2015 and 2014.
Last year animation dancer Mitch Alexander, from Chase Terrace, captivated the audience as they sat stunned throughout his amazing routine and local girl Chloe Whitelaw wowed the crowds the previous year with her incredible vocals and mesmerising performance.
Our chosen charities this year are The Lichfield Arts, Teenage Cancer Trust and Minster Hall (Sherratts Wood) and we are confident in raising much-needed funding for these deserving organisations.
The LGT committee is also looking for more local sponsors to help in any way they can? This will ensure that every penny raised will go straight to the chosen charities.
We are thrilled to announce that Barclays Bank have once again agreed to fund-match for the third year running – so a massive thank you to them.
And if you are a local business or feel you could offer sponsorship for the event, then please get in touch via our contact page.