The now annual ‘Leicester’s Got Talent’ competition has returned to the city for a fourth year.
A wide variety of dancers, singers, poets and musicians entered the competition, which is open to anyone aged between 8 to 25. With all the talent on offer, the judges had a difficult decision on who claims the title.
Leicester’s Got Talent 2015 was organised by Pukaar News and Anand, Daewoo International in association with Crimestoppers and Leicestershire Police.
Event organiser, Romail Gulzar, managing editor at Pukaar News said “We were wowed again this year by the mixture of such talented young people, all showing great confidence to be on stage.”
“It made for an interesting Judges debate, which eventually led to a decision on the final outcome.”
“We are looking forward to next year and celebrating our fifth year”
Regional chairman for Crimestoppers, Bill Cullen said: “Our annual Leicester’s got talent event is now nationally recognised as a great way of showcasing the talent of local communities and promoting engagement in the work of Crimestoppers charity.”
The show was opened by Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole.
Over 25 young people entered, but of the various acts that performed, there could be only one winner, and that person was eight year old Azeezah Zampaladus. She has had a book she wrote published called ‘Guess What?’, it contains true stories from her life and it had the audience giggling and sometimes gasping throughout the short passage that she read out. Azeezah said: “I feel nervous because I’ve won, and I didn’t know I was going to win, it makes me feel happy that I’ve won, I don’t think I’m going to show off”.
One of the three runners up, coming first in the Musician category, Jatin Naidu, a very talented Saxophonist said: “I’m quite pleased to come runner up in front of such a big audience, and so many talented people, and I’m quite surprised I came runner up. They were really good and they were really talented, the game was on as soon as I watched them perform”.
The winner of the dancing category was 21 year old Tabassuma Akramul, she said: “It’s really valuable for me, because since my childhood I was dreaming to take part in a competition, and Leicester gave me this opportunity”.
Winner of the singing category, Kelvina Yeboah, said: “I’ve been singing since I was little, and I’m really really happy that I won the singing category, because I’m really surprised, and I never knew that I could ever win this, I will go and rehearse more and I will go to singing school, and I will try all my best to win next time”.
Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Ted Cassidy, who was on the judging panel spoke of the difficulty in choosing an overall winner out of a highly diverse choice: “This has been really difficult, because we’ve had such wonderful entertainment today, the talent in Leicester’s immense!”
Alisha Sethi, another Judge from the panel, told us why it meant so much to her: “The age, the talent they have, and how confident they are, I think that’s what made it special”.
Leicester’s Got Talent, is over for another year, but will return bigger and better next year as the competition celebrates its fifth year.
Next years event will return to the Y Theatre on November 26 2016.
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