Auditions for this year’s East Cork’s Cot Talent will be held in the Midleton Park Hotel on Sunday, 5 March.
The talent show is open to all over the age of ten and proceeds from the event will go towards Down Syndrome Cork.
Organiser of the event Mark O’Sullivan (Fanta) said: “If you can sing, dance or have any kind of talent at all come along to the audition. It is for a great cause, Down Syndrome Cork.”
Twelve acts will go through to final following the auditions, which will run from 2pm to 6pm.
Four celebrity judges, musician Jamie Stanton, former model Pat Vogue Walker, athlete Marion Heffernan and UCC Professor Barry O’Sullivan will decide which of the talented acts will make it to the final.
Jamie Stanton, a Cobh musician, acted as a judge on the previous East Cork’s Got Talent and said: “I was delighted to get involved, especially when it is something for charity. It was brilliant last year and what we all really liked about it was the variety of talent.”
Winners of the last East Cork’s Got Talent held cannot enter the competition.
Mr O’Sullivan explained: “It is an X Factor type of competition. Acts go into a room with the four judges and perform alone, without friends and family and that night we call everyone to let them know if they have gone through or not.”
The last talent show attracted over 90 members of the public to the auditions and judges were blown away by the talent.
“It was a huge success. On the night of the final about 450 people showed up, it was packed. It was brilliant and talent came from all around. It was a brilliant night and we are really looking forward to this year. It will be a great night for the town,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Midleton Park Hotel will host the final of the event on Sunday, 19 March and tickets will cost €10 for children and €15 for adults, with a family ticket option.
First prize is €500, second prize is €300 and third prize will be €150 euro.
Mark O’Sullivan will act as MC on the night and following the competition there will be a 80’s disco with DJ Killian Reilly.
Mr O’Sullivan thanked the Midleton Park Hotel staff and all those involved in the event.