Stars in their eyes!
Organisers of the 'Wexford Has Talent' competition have reported a showcase of phenomenal talent at the competition auditions, which took place at Clayton Whites Hotel over the weekend where over 120 acts took to the stage to perform in a variety of arts.
Performers from as young as six took to the stage, showing skills in genres ranging from gymnastics to dance of many varieties to singer songwriter performances to full bands to recitation, free running and lots more.
Commenting on the event, one of the organisers, Kilian Duignan, said: 'This is our second year to host this competition and last year we thought the standard couldn't get any higher, but this weekend of auditions has proved otherwise.'
Following the two days of back-to-back auditions the team of judges have announced 36 acts to be successful and which have all obtained a coveted place to perform in one of two Wexford Has Talent semi-finals taking place at Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford on Saturday, January 16, and Saturday, January 23.
Tickets are now on sale for both events at Clayton Whites Hotel. A total of between 12 and 16 of these acts from the semi-finals events will gain a performance spot at the much-anticipated Wexford Has Talent grand final on Saturday, January 30, at the same venue, where the winner will walk away with a cash prize of €2,000.
The successful semi-finalists through to the January 16 semi are: Intro, Irina Karpenko, Aoife Goodison, Saoirse Bates, Aurora, Luke Spelacy, The Galivants, Cormac Cooper, Aaren McStein, Gerry Doyle, Innuendo, Rachel Grace, Emily McDonald, Roisin Minnock, Niamh Bridges, Charlene Murphy, Emily Downey and Jamie Benson
Successful semi finalists through to the January 23 semi are: 7 Fret, Tara Doyle Robinson, Eabha Carty, Emma O'Leary, Next Level, Chris Berry, Fergal & Diarmuid, Jirat O'Neill, Bobby Sludds, Vyre, Caroline Fleming, Esther Nwosudocha, Hayley Crosbie, Lauren Doyle, Megan Kate Doolan, Helene Dunne, Rob Donnelly and Nicole Mannix.
The Wexford Has Talent judges and MCs include well-known personalities from around the county Tony Carty, George Lawlor, David 'Stoney' Burke, Pat Lawlor, Carmel Corish-Wallace, Sue Furlong, Ian Grey, Biddy Walsh, David O'Brien, Vicky Clancy and Anita Murphy.
Biddy said: 'The judges had a very tough job in deciding on the list of semi finalists and we would like to congratulate everyone who took part as all of the performances were of a very high standard and we look forward to seeing the artists perform at the semi final events,' she said.
Wexford Has Talent 2016 is sponsored by the Wexford People.
During the 2016 semi and final shows all acts will be placed by a judge's vote only.
Tickets prices at €10 for the semi finals are now on sale at Clayton Whites Hotel or from any member of the Wexford Has talent organising committee. For further details and Wexford Has Talent news visit wexfordhastalent.com.