People of Leicester gathered today at the Y Theatre to support a young group of performing artists taking part in Leicester’s Got Talent 2013. With a range of performances, from artists to skating dancers, this showcase of talented youngsters highlighted how the projects for Leicestershire’s youth are coming together. The event, which was in association with crime-fighting charity Crimstoppers and the Leicestershire Police, aimed to bring the young people of Leicester together and raise awareness of the kind of services that they can offer to help bring the community together in a safer and more nourished environment.
John Sinclair, who presented the talent show, lifted the spirits of all the performers. As the crowds poured into the theatre, competitors began to show their nerves. Kicking off the show to an excellent start was a harmonious duet by singers, Roland Princewill and Alice Tipler both of whom had only been practising for a few days. Evidentially the opening act was an indicator for the remainder of the show as the talent continued to burst onto the stage in all forms of artistic expression. From Hollywood to Bollywood and singers to skaters this show was a fantastic platform for students and young children to use in order to progress into adulthood.
14 year-old, Daniel Little took to the stage with a shy look on his face and a trembling hand but the judges comments soon encouraged him to stand proud. Daniel showcased some of his contemporary art that he uses as his outlet. From graffiti sketches to larger scale street art, Daniel has a very raw and rare talent. One judge passed comment on how he had chosen a particular good collection to display as it reflected the themes of crime and injustice. A friend of Daniel’s explained that although Daniel is not sure where that inspiration comes from but “he is his own inspiration”.
The 30 acts of today transformed the auditorium into glamorous showcase of lights and colours. The performers established a great rapport with the audience and had everyone on their feet during some mesmerising numbers. With acts that have performed internationally it was clear why our community are pulling together for the 2017 City of Culture status.
As the show came to a close the message of the community was brought full circle by a compelling spoken word piece by Samar Javed. Her piece focused on the meaning of Crime and what we can do to change areas of our city that are suffering.
The winners of this years Leicester’s Got Talent were young singers Lucy, Ruby and Elly who together performed a beautiful rendition of Miley Cyrus’ hit ‘Wrecking Ball’.
Crimestoppers would like to thank Anand and Daewoo International and Pukaar News for supporting their event.