IT WAS DECIDED TO SPLIT THE PRIZE MONEY AND WE HAD TWO VERY DESERVING WINNERS!
LOIC DILANE - MAGICIAN AND COPY & PASTE - SINGING AND RAP DUO
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH WINNERS AND ALL OUR CONTESTANTS WHO MADE IT SUCH A MEMORABLE EVENT - DESPITE THE RAIN! THANK YOU
THE SOUTHWARK NEWS KINDLY RAN A PIECE ON THE EVENT
WE'RE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE BIG FINAL WILL BE CO-HOSTED BY:
Amanny Mohamed is a Film Critic, Radio broadcaster and Producer/Director who's worked with best of British talent including Mariella Frostrup, Claudia Winkleman, Mark Dolan and Phill Jupitus, as well interviewing the creme de la creme of A-list talent from around the globe including Ashwariya Rai, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Halle Berry, and Borat AKA Sascha Baron Cohen. Amanny regularly contributes to weekly radio broadcasts as BBC Surrey Breakfast's film critic, BBC Sussex Drive's TV pundit and she's known as the "Screen Queen" on The Dominic King show, BBC Kent. You can follow her on twitter @amannymo and here's a short video of some of her work: https://youtu.be/CZQ6i0tfnkM
John Whelan is a local theatre and community arts practitioner. He has a community theatre company, Peoples Company, based at Southwark Playhouse. He has performed in a variety of plays and is currently directing a community version of Shakespeare As You Like It with the Globe. Last year he worked with the Tate to create an animated trail of the war artists and has done numerous community arts engagements projects in and around Walworth. As part of his work he is animating the new Elephant Park with the Summer series events which the Elephants Got Talent is part of.
WE'D LIKE TO THANK THE THREE VENUES FOR EACH HOSTING THE HEATS PRIOR TO THE BIG FINAL:
DRAPER HALL, MERCATO METROPOLITANO & ARTWORKS.
KELLY JADE WILLIAMS - COMPERE FOR HEAT TWO OF EGT.
Kelly-jade is a presenter and actress from East London. She’s featured in Paul Knights ‘21 Little Hours’ as well as everyone’s all time favourite First Dates. For fun Kelly-jade loves roller skating with friends on her white leather quads. Before acting and presenting she worked as a fashion stylist for the likes of David Haye and Jess Glynne.
JULY 26TH: LUISA PRETOLANI, RAJ VIRDI; ORLANDO WATKIS, EMMANUEL
JULY 31ST: NORMA ATALLAH; NATHAN GOODMAN; GRAHAM NEALE
AUG 2ND: JANE FAITH; LAZAROS SITSANIDIS; ALIDA PANTONE
SEPT 6TH: SADIE NINE; PIETRA MELLO PITTMAN; MIKE SMITH
JUDGES FOR THE BIG FINAL
SADIE NINE: Sadie presents her radio show on BBC Essex, Monday to Friday 9am – 12 noon. Her infectious laugh and personality have won her a Gold ‘Gillard’ award, an ‘RTS’ TV award, and a nomination for a ‘Sony’ – the radio ‘Oscars’.
Sadie began her training at Superarts Academy, under the tutelage of Irene Hayes. She began her professional career as a singer and still performs in concerts, shows and her one woman show – ‘Sadie’s Nine Lives’. She became a ‘popstar’ in the then USSR, where she appeared live to audiences of 10,000 and TV audiences of 100 MILLION! She was thrilled Susan Hayes choreographed her show and even better, appeared onstage alongside Sadie and dancers.
Sadie was a leading lady in ‘Lautrec, The Musical’ at The Shaftesbury Theatre, in ‘Boogie Nights’ alongside Shane Richie at the Savoy Theatre and on tour, and has performed at the London Palladium, Theatre Royal Drury Lane as well as number one theatres nationwide.
She is very happy to be back on her home-ground at the Elephant & Castle, helping to judge these immerging talents.
PIETRA MELLO PITTMAN - SISTERS GRIMM PRODUCTION COMPANY
“Sisters Grimm is a Grammy Nominated Production Company in London of Dance Musicals. Sisters Grimm has conceived and produced critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, sell out theatrical successes that tour internationally. Former Royal Ballet ballerina for 13 years, Pietra Mello Pittman and Grammy nominated composer, Ella Spira are the directors of Sisters Grimm and sole directors of the enterprise. Their productions are socially relevant, engaging audiences by being entertaining and accessible without compromise illustrated by standing ovations for INALA and Voices Of The Amazon. Sisters Grimm has built up a prestigious creative brand internationally, working for the likes of BBC, Channel 4, ITV, the Royal Variety Performance, UNICEF, Hi5 and the GREAT Campaign. They have entered into co productions with the Royal Opera House and the Ambassador Theatre Group.”
MIKE SMITH - JOINT CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT UPLANDS TV. A television exec with 20+ years experience as an independent producer and in the BBC. A writer, director, and executive producer across a range of factual genres (history, current affairs, science, arts, religion, documentary, drama-doc etc)
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