We put out a call a few weeks ago looking for talented local people to submit entries for the first ever edition of Kilkenny’s Next Superstar.
Kilkenny’s Next Superstar was envisaged to be the first ever countywide talent competition of its kind - open to all ages, abilities and talents! To put it mildly, the response that we have received so far has been incredible.
The acts included an array of talents including singers, dancers, makeup artists and skilled musicians.
Managing Editor of the Kilkenny People, Sam Matthews, has commended the response to the competition so far.
“I'd like to personally thank all the entrants for getting involved and for putting yourselves out there on a public stage,” he said.
“If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that we are definitely not short of talent here in Kilkenny and it’s great to be able to give local performers a platform to showcase their abilities.”
26 acts made it through to compete in five competitive heats - decided by public votes.
An intense week of voting has certainly paid dividends for many of these acts, but some may well have needed the extra support of the wider public to get them over the line.
Without further ado, the winners of the five heats were:
HEAT 1 - Eamonn Maher
HEAT 2 - Lily Tucker
HEAT 3 - Chloe Lynch
HEAT 4 - Brooke Clancy Flynn
HEAT 5 - Leanne Wall
Thanks to all who entered - the margin at the top was so tight in some heats. Full poll results are now available on the individual heat pages.
The five heat winners will now progress through to the Kilkenny’s Next Superstar Final.
The final will involve another public voting round as well as expert adjudication from our star judging panel: Robert Grace, Sinéad Blanchfield and Lesley Cleere. The combination of those votes - 50/50 weighted between the judges and the public - will decide our winner.
The winner will pick up a stunning prize package that includes a FREE year of classes from Dramatic Action Stage School, an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast for two in Langton's and a €300 Go-Anywhere Gift Voucher from Castlecomer Credit Union.
Our wonderful sponsors at Market Cross Shopping Centre have also kindly provided a €200 Fleetwood voucher to spend in Wigoders Kilkenny, a pair of designer glasses worth €199.00 from Specsavers, a €100 gift voucher for Lash Dolls Kilkenny, a Reset Serum Gift Set worth €78.50 from L’Occitane, a €70.00 gift voucher for Rude Boys Barbers and a €50.00 gift voucher to spend at Nolan’s Jewellers!
We will be in touch with all heat winners very soon about the next stage of the competition!
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