Dunmow’s really got talent

Anna Karen with students from Scene II

Anna Karen with students from Scene II - Credit: Archant

DUNMOW proved it has truly got talent at a successful talent show.

Dan Hoy

Dan Hoy - Credit: Archant

‘So you think you’ve got talent’ was organised and hosted by The Arts Centre on Haslers Lane.

David Rock

David Rock - Credit: Archant

Winners were David Rock and Dan Hoy, who performed an acoustic set with a mash up of various songs from Skyfall to Pinball Wizard. They even drew a comment from celebrity judge Anna Karen, famed for her role as Olive in sitcom On the Buses and as Peggy Mitchell’s sister Sal in EastEnders, that they “should be on the circuit with talent like that”.

The winners won £100 and the chance to perform their winning piece at The Dunmow Carnival in September.

Head judge Mikki Rom said: “David and Dan took on our comments from the heats earlier this month, and stunned the audience with their great performance.

“The talent was extremely high and we had a really hard decision as they all performed to a very high standard.”

Second prize went to a very talented family of three brothers – Will Evans, age 10, Tommy, seven, and Joe, five – who wrote, produced and performed in their own short film.

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Third place went to 10-year-old Elisha Bratley. She was in a street dance duo but her dance partner was unwell and couldn’t take part in the show, so she came on with great choreography and great attitude.

“A huge well done to all the contestants that took part – they put on a great show,” said Ms Rom.

Scene II Theatre School opened the show with a musical number from Burlesque, a street dance number, and closed the show with an excerpt from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

“All the prize money and vouchers were donated by all local business, and we would like to thank everyone who helped us to put on this great event,” added Miss Rom.

All monies raised will be going towards Dunmow’s community radio station, Switch Radio.