Wicksteed’s Got Talent is won by Short Notice

Winners of Wicksteed's Got Talent Short Notice
Winners of Wicksteed's Got Talent Short Notice

A band of youngsters from Kettering beat 18 other acts to win the top prize in the final of this year’s Wicksteed’s Got Talent contest.

The final of the competition took place at Wicksteed Park in Kettering on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27.

Each of the 19 finalists performed for judges and the audience before the judges deliberated over who had impressed them the most.

Short Notice – a band made up of four youngsters aged 11, 13 and 15 – took the top prize.

To celebrate their victory the band performed their winning song, Song 2 by Blur, to the audience for a second time after being named the contest’s winners.

Second prize went to BBoy TeeJay, a 13-year-old dancer from Rugby who performed street dance and breakdancing.

Third place went to 15-year-old singer Jennifer from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, who performed Rolling In The Deep by Adele.

A special award was also given to 10-year-old performer Coreigh from Kettering, who sang a medley of songs by Bruno Mars.

Short Notice won the top prize of £200, BBoy TeeJay won £100 for being named runner-up and third-placed Jennifer won £50.

Coreigh won a special Trust Award and received a prize of £50.

The 19 Wicksteed’s Got Talent finalists were scrutinised by a panel of three judges. The judges were Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, event organiser Natalie Cunningham and actor and television personality Des Coleman.

Mr Coleman is known for being in EastEnders and is currently a reporter on the BBC programme The One Show. He has also performed in various West End shows.

Miss Cunningham said the panel of judges had been very impressed by the talent on display at the final, which took place in the park’s pavillion.

She said: “We had 19 finalists, there were singers, dancers, the band and guitarists.

“We had three heats in August and chose the finalists.

“The final was packed out. The audience enjoyed all the performances”.

“We had lovely comments afterwards.

“We had lots of good finalists, it was a very tough decision.

“We had half an hour at the end to decide, there were quite a few arguments between the judges but we came to a decision at the end of the day.”