Hopefuls prove Rotherham’s got talent at audition

Charlie Graves in front of the camera during the Britain's Got Talent auditions
Charlie Graves in front of the camera during the Britain's Got Talent auditions
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Talent scouts on the hunt for the next winner of Britain’s Got Talent were treated to top performances from acts in Rotherham.

A production team from the hit ITV show watched more than 150 hopefuls attempt to win a place in the next round of the competition.

Singers, dancer, comedians and more crammed into Rotherham College’s Studio Theatre with dreams of following in the footsteps of past winners such as Diversity and Paul Potts. Successful Rotherham acts will be contacted in February and invited to perform in front of Simon Cowell and the rest of the judging panel at the arena auditions.

These local auditions are running in tandem with an open audition tour which is visiting larger UK cities next year.

Sophie Brown, senior casting researcher for Britain’s Got Talent, said: “It’s the first time we’ve come to Rotherham and we are very excited to be here.

“Why can’t the winner be from Rotherham? They have to be from somewhere, so why not here? It’s all about taking a chance and showing us you’ve got what it takes to win Britain’s Got Talent.“

Jessica Louise Windsor, a musical theatre student at Rotherham College, performed opera for the production team.

She said: “I really enjoyed my audition and I couldn’t wait to perform my act in front of the judges. I think it went really well, I got some really great feedback, which was very encouraging.

“There has been a huge buzz around the College for weeks, but I wasn’t that nervous because I am use to performing on the stage in front of an audience, because I perform in shows on my course all the time.

“The judges have told me that they will be contacting successful acts in February, so fingers crossed that I’ll receive a phone call and get invited to the next stage in London.”