Despite the weather and some holiday cancellations Heat 7 of the show turned out to be a really good night, with the now usual great standard from all acts and a slightly surprising winner!

Even the SGT team did not foresee that a drum soloist would win the heat especially when pitted against some really tough competition but Phil Daw was so technically competent and such a likable guy that the audience and more importantly the Judging Panel loved him

That Judging Panel consisted of SGT favourite, actor and vocalist Dave Walker, Greenbank School Head of Drama, singer and actor Debbie Bloom and Catherine Whitehall of Catherine Whitehall Music tuition a music teacher and singer, who all faced a difficult task especially following an amazing second half featuring some very gifted & talented young people

However the Judging panel did manage and  produced firstly,  a ‘Wild card’ in 16 year old John Butler a student from Tarleton who performed great covers of ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Your Song’ and so John came very close to winning with a really tight performance

However, he had victory snatched from him by drummer Philip Daw, also 16 who gave a very confident and credible set which featured  ’Poor Millionaire’ and ‘Composure’ by  American band August Burns Red

Phil has only been playing drums for a short time and is a pupil at Birkdale High School

Congratulations to both Phil and John

Other contestants on the night included some amazing performances from Becky Brown, Jaxx and Graham Chambers our first ever deaf contestant. I hope Graham will not mind us saying that despite disability his singing and guitar accompaniment was both astonishing and entertaining.

The other guest artist of the evening was Doug Coleman and his second half opening performance was so good that he was dragged back onto stage by the BBC’s Neil Newton to continue performing!

The night ended on a high with a wonderful performance from new Southport duo High Vibes who were vocalist Hayley Murray and singer and guitarist Darren Leonard.  High Vibes shouldn’t be missed

There are still places left just check out our face book site southports got talent 2012 for all sorts of information and to see how much fun contestants and audience have at this event

Recent quotes about this completely free show include

“A show worthy of the West End”

“The Best show ever”

“The best free live entertainment in the region “

“A treat you won’t regret”

Southport’s Got Talent takes place at The Victoria pub on The Promenade from 8pm each Wednesday, with admission free. Contestants still have time to enter, with entry forms available at The Victoria pub and the Southport Visiter office or visit the Southport’s Got Talent page on Face book.

If you have not been to see this mid-week show on each Wednesday at one of the best pubs in town then you are missing out

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