Auditions for this year’s East Cork’s Got Talent main event will take place at Midleton Park Hotel this Sunday, 5 March.
From 2-6pm Midleton Park Hotel will open its doors to anyone over the age of ten, bar the previous winners of the competition, to audition for the second ever East Cork’s Got Talent event. Following Sunday’s auditions 12 acts will be selected by the judges to go into the Finals held on Saturday, 18 March, also at the Midleton Park Hotel.
“Anyone who wants to audition should just turn up on the day between 2-6pm at the Midleton Park Hotel,” said Mark O’Sullivan, also known as Fanta, who will emcee the auditions and the final. “When they show up there will be girls who will take their name, number and what they will be doing. I will come out then and bring them in front of the judges. If they have a USB stick or a CD or whatever we will sort that out. We have every piece of music at our disposal so all they will have to do is perform in front of the judges. Twelve acts go through to the final and everyone will be contacted by phone that night to let them know if they have gone through or not.”
The inaugural event took place in November of 2015 and was won by the East Cork Stage School Rhythm Dance Company. This year’s winning act will receive €500, with the second and third prizes being €300 and €150 respectively.
The four judges for this year’s show are Olympic 400m runner Marian Heffernan; Cobh musician Jamie Stanton, who competed in the Voice of Ireland before he released his album Flying Colours in 2015 and joined four-piece rock band August Walk; Professor Barry O’Sullivan, the Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork; and model and stylist Pat Walker, from Douglas, who has been repeatedly featured on national television.
“For the finals we will also have a huge raffle, a bar extension, a 80s night following the finals and loads of surprises,” said Mr O’Sullivan. “It is a real family night too. Management at the Park Hotel have no problem with children going and I’ve tons of surprises for the kids.”
All proceeds raised during East Cork’s Got Talent will go towards Down Syndrome Cork. Tickets are still available, costing €10, and can be purchased by contacting Mr O’Sullivan at 086 396 3263.