Monifieth’s Got Talent!

Britain's Got Talent judges (L-R) David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.
Britain's Got Talent judges (L-R) David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.

A Monifieth man is well on his way to organising the town’s first charity talent show for a cause close to his heart.

‘Monifieth’s Got Talent’s is the brainchild of Ben Nicoll, and will take place this June to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.

Ben explained: “This charity is exceptionally close to me, as my uncle has recently been diagnosed with the disease.

“I’m calling on local talent, i.e. dance groups, solo performers, etc., to enter the show. Everyone will also receive a participation prize.

“There will be a heats section to qualify for the finals, there will be three age categories, which could change.

“The top three acts from each of the three age groups will go through to the finals. The top three acts of the night will receive a trophy, to be returned in a year’s time.

“This talent show is open to everyone, with any talents that they may have.”

Monifieth’s Got Talent will be held on Friday, June 19, in the local High School Lower Social Area, with doors opening at 5.30pm for a start at 6.30 prompt.

Sitting on the judges’ panel that night and Monifieth’s answer to Simon Cowell and his merry band of celebrity judges will be: Miss Sylvia Morrison, Tayport; Miss Mylene Fraser, Westhill, Aberdeenshire; and Miss Tracey Adams, Broughty Ferry. Each judge will judge independently on what they see on the night and their scores will then be combined to give us our overall winners.

Light refreshments will be available on the evening with a selection of tea, coffee and cake and candy on offer.

Entry for audience members has been set at £5 each and for competitors the cost to enter is £4 per act.

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to email organiser Ben Nicoll at ben16nicoll@live.co.uk.

When preparing an act, competitors are asked to keep it to less than three minutes and any backing tracks must be sent to the organisers as a digital file in plenty of time. The age groups for the heats are as follows: juvenile - 12 years and under; junior - 13 years and under 16; and senior, which is for those 16 years and over. Categories may change as details are finalised. The top three acts in each category will go through to the final where they will compete for the final six places. The closing date for entry is June 18.