Local talent shines bright

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Carnoustie was abuzz at the weekend as gifted local people took to the stage to compete in the town’s second annual talent contest.

Originally 20 acts battled it out on Friday night with 13 going through to the final on Saturday for their chance to become the 2014 Carnoustie’s Got Talent champion.

The finalists

The finalists

Finalists were: The Scholars dance group from Angus Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA); singer Laura McGill; debutante comic Eric Armit; ballet dancer Rhiannon Tindall; a capella singers Aimee Stanton and Brianna Stewart; the M&M Dancers Millie Lindsay and Maddison Currie; traditional Scottish singer Nathan Thomas McSharry; Scottish fiddlers Kit Storm and Dougie Hill; young singers Morag Hosie and Katie Walker; Khalid and Zyad Bjeirmi duetting on piano and the ACPA Little Voices Choir.

Judging the show was an extremely difficult task and the panel, consisting of accomplished performer Violet Thomson, Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd and the Gazette’s own Johnston Ralston, reported that there were half points between the top acts.

Triumphant on the night were the M&M Dancers, Millie Lindsay and Maddison Currie, two young girls who had choreographed their own high octane and professional routine.

Next up was wee Nathan Thomas McSharry whose delightfully pure voice and emotive bothy ballad secured second place and foot-stomping fiddlers Dougie Hill and Kit Storm came in third.

The event was organised by Muriel Gordon and Betty Gibson who were both delighted with the contest.

Muriel said: “We have had a lot of supportive emails from parents and all the contestants and supporters have been very supportive of one another.”

Betty added: “The standard was extremely high and no-one in the audience envied the judges the task of choosing the winners. Well done to everyone involved for a great couple of nights.”