Two acts from Alnwick have put on their best performances to be in with a chance of taking part in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition.
Producers from the hit ITV show visited Northumberland for the first time earlier this month to give people in harder-to-reach areas the chance to audition for the series.
Held at Leading Link in Bedlington, and organised by assistant manager Jonny Hall, only 15 acts were able to put on a show, despite a flood of entries from across the region.
And two of those that got the chance were young rapper Jack Clements, from Alnwick, and three-piece band Giant Industrial Poets, whose members are from the town and Embleton.
Jack, 13, gave a performance of Professor Green’s Read All About it.
He said: “It was a great experience and they were all really nice.
“They said I spoke really politely, but had this attitude about me that they weren’t expecting. I’ve been rapping since the age of nine. My stepdad got me into it, I heard the Tinie Tempah song, Written in the Stars, and that got me hooked on it.
“It would be fantastic if I got through, but it’s something that I would definitely do again as well.”
Jack got to the final of the Northumberland Live competition last year.
Giant Industrial Poets is made up of Wim Stevenson, Matthew Tincombe and George Robertson. They put their Northumbrian slant on some classic music anthems.
Matthew said: “The audition was a lot of fun, very relaxed, with a bit of chatting and a bit of playing. It seemed to go down well and they said they’d let us know in the next few weeks if we were successful.
“We are really excited about the prospect of appearing on the show. The band was originally put together with the goal of trying to do something a bit different, while having as much fun as possible.
“We think it’s great that a show as big as Britain’s Got Talent is searching local communities to expand their pool of acts instead of sticking to the big cities. To have the opportunity to represent the North East on such a popular show is a fantastic opportunity, which we have every intention of getting as much out of as possible should we get the chance.”
The auditions were run in tandem with the live auditions that have been taking place across the country.
And Leading Link was chosen as the venue because of its very own event that highlights the talent of young people in the county. The charity, which aims to maximise the potential of young people through a diverse range of activities, has been organising its own Northumberland’s Got Talent since 2008.
Jonny Hall was overwhelmed with the response to the auditions and thinks the future is bright for the talent of Northumberland.
He said: “All of the acts that got up and performed in front of the cameras were absolutely brilliant – and they certainly did Northumberland proud.”