Open Auditions Announced for Cork’s Got Talent

By Seamus Whelehan

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Thousands of performers from around the County are destined to converge on Midleton Park Hotel for the open auditions of this year’s Cork’s Got Talent, on Saturday 9 March.

The entry fee is €5 per act and goes directly to Down Syndrome Cork, this year’s chosen Charity.

Participants must over aged 10 years or older. Auditions are on a first come first served basis, and will run from 12noon and 6:00pm.

Vocalists and other artists who require a sound track should bring their recording on a USB stick.

Judges Pat Vogue Walker, Rob Heffernan, Bloggers Shin Hayes and Mouth of The South John O’Connell will cast their eyes over the 2019 crop of hopefuls, to whittle them down to 12 finalists.

Mark O’Sullivan, who is co-hosting the event with Ethel O’Connor performers said “participants can bring their dogs if they’re good enough.   It’s like the X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent and if you can sing, do magic, dance, everything, we want to hear from you”

The acts who earn the Judge’s approval will be contacted after the show, with the big reveal streamed live on social media.

Auditions will be held in the Midleton Park Hotel but the contest, previously known as East Cork’s Got Talent, has this year moved location.

Increasing demand for audience tickets for the annual extravaganza, which is a fundraiser for Cork Down Syndrome, has led the organisers to move the final to a bigger venue.

Finals night will take place at the Radisson Little Island, on the 20 April and will see 12 acts perform to an audience of 700 people for a top prize of €1,000 cash.

Midleton’s Mark O’Sullivan, or Fanta as he prefers to be called, says this year’s talent show will be bigger and better than ever.

Previous winners of the talent contest, Billie Jeans Rhythm Dance Company, RDC-who went on to win Ireland’s Got Talent, and the Imokilly Dancers, who have appeared on TG4, will all perform on the night.

“There will be a huge stage this year so no matter where you are sitting you can see the Acts perfectly. Even before the first Act comes on stage there will be an hour gone with all the entrances” said Fanta.

Tickets priced at €15 for the event that has focused on nurturing the rising stars of the region, are quickly selling out.

To avoid disappointment please contact Mark O’Sullivan through Facebook or on mobile 086-3963263.

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