Heat 12 of this engaging and very pleasurable show took place on Wednesday and despite a number of absences due to illness, the now celebrated show easily meeting its customary high standard.

First onto stage for the night was promising but unemployed newcomer 23 year old Chad Marsden and this was his first time performing on stage. Chad accompanied by guitar sang ‘Brother’ and Saturday night’ with closed eyes closed throughout his performance.

Next contestant up was Hollie Wills, a previous wild card winner. As last time Hollie chose original songs with evident care and thought and gave a faultless and entertaining performance which thrilled everyone and looked set for success.

Judges for the evening were Paula Delaney MD of the Actastic Entertainment Agency; Paula is an extremely remarkable singer who has performed all over the world and Alex Ferguson is one of her biggest fans. Paula is our headline act for our Grand Final on Friday 2nd November.

The other Guest Judges also included Katie Ellen Thomas, a vocal coach from the Adam Christopher School of Musical Excellence and who studied at LIPA and award winning journalist and PR Guru Richard Clein.

Paula Delaney opened the second half up with a spectacular performance singing wide ranging numbers with great skill and effortlessness, bowling over the spectators in the process with her soulful and cheeky performance.

Next to take part was the experienced and likable showman; singer and trumpet player Ricky Hunter who performed with extreme confidence and was obviously very comfortable in the spotlight even managing to dance with show producer Tony Donnellan at one stage.

Ricky performed first as a vocalist singing Sinatra’s ‘New York’ then followed playing the aria Nessun Dorma on trumpet. Despite Hollie’s earlier faultless performance, this show from Ricky’s made him favourite to win on the night, the Golden Judges describing him as a first class talent’.

It was left to Tarleton’s 16 year old John Butler to try and top the showman. John a singer and guitarist has been a previous semi finalist in other talent competitions has only being doing gigs for six months, performed as if he had been appearing on stage for years. After waiting for over two hours his performance was second to none and left everyone guessing who was going to win this heat.

This dilemma soon became apparent when the judging panel failed to reappear on stage as they couldn’t reach a decision. After a lengthy and edgy wait the show producer had to insist that the Judges come to a decision to avoid further delay.

Astonishingly the result was a dead heat and both Ricky and John were declared joint winners ensuring yet another good and entertaining evening and making a great night for all

Tickets for the Grand Final are now on sale at the Victoria

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