The Grand Final of the ninth annual Vale’s Got Talent, organised by The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club, took place at the Cotgrave Welfare Club.
There was plenty of talent challenging for the 2018 title, with 18 acts making it through the audition and semi-final stages.
The acts included, singers, singer-songwriters, instrumentalists, a community choir from Flintham and a variety of dance groups performing modern street dance, ballet and tap routines.
The event is part of the fundraising work undertaken by the Vale Rotarians and has raised over £27,000 pounds over its nine years.
This helps fund their monthly Memory Café held in Cotgrave for dementia sufferers, the Dictionaries for Life and Life Education projects, seeking to improve children’s literacy and health awareness in schools, as well as providing support to local First Responder units, air ambulance, providing defibrillators to villages and items of equipment for the children’s ward at the Queen’s Medical Centre and many other causes..
The overall winner, with a prize of £300, was 16-year-old Grace H-Y, who gave an engaging and emotional performance as she sang She Used to be Me from the musical Waitress.
Grace is from Carlton and is currently studying performing arts at Bilborough College. She was commended on the way she tackled such a difficult song while captivating the audience with her “fantastic voice control” and “clear and crisp vocals”.
Runner-up Eva Rose, fresh from her appearance in the semi-finals of the CBBC talent show Got What It Takes, received a cheque for £150.
She has been writing and singing her own songs since the age of eight and performed Invincible, Yet Invisible – a song she wrote reflecting a difficult period of her life when bullied at school.
The judging panel were moved by the lyrics of the song, admired her musicianship and thought she showed massive talent and commented that she was “clearly visible now”.
The third prize of £100 went to Rachel Argo, a 23-year-old full-time music teacher who, in her free time, enjoys singing and writing songs.
She delivered a beautiful, soulful and effortless performance whilst playing piano to her own song Nothing, which one judge described as “a fabulous composition”.
Awards of £50 were also given to three other emerging acts. Bad Fridays, an indie rock band from Barton-in-Fabis had opened the event with a medley of 60s & 70s songs and were told by the judges that “it’s not a Bad Friday, it’s a Sizzling Saturday”.
Lead vocalists and guitarist’s Jack Osborn and Sam Hadfield were supported by Ben Hildred on drums. Their act was packed full of rhythm and had great interaction with the audience.
Fly Dance, a group of students from Brooksby Melton College, gave a high-octane performance as they tapped, jived, lifted and fossed across the stage.
It was a performance full of energy and personality which combined to excite and entertain the audience.
The third highly-commended act was Chris Cheetham, who performed Don McLean’s classic 70s song Vincent on the advice of a member of the audience following his semi-final appearance, suggesting it would perfectly suit his style.
She was not wrong as Chris impressed the judges with his great musicality, wonderful guitar playing and melodic interpretation.
The picture shows the three main prize winners, Grace H-Y (centre), Eva Rose (left) and Rachel Argo (right), with vice-presidents of the Rotary club, Maggie Falconer and Jane Hart.