Scaled-down Weston's Got Talent show could go ahead

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 May 2014

Competitors in the Weston's Got Talent auditions.

Competitors in the Weston's Got Talent auditions.

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A SCALED-DOWN version of the popular Weston's Got Talent show will be organised within the town's community events list for this financial year, as the first talent concert was 'too ambitious'.

Members of Weston Town Council discussed the possibility of putting on the competition again at the community services committee on Monday.

A total of 70 acts auditioned for Weston’s Got Talent last year during seven heats which were held around the town.

The final was held in March, at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street, and saw Uphill teenager Laurie McMahon crowned the winner after singing his self-penned song Walking.

The shows were organised by town councillor Roger Bailey and Weston Super Events, but town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said the authority would not get the free support from the business for a second time.

He said: “A large amount of work was done by Cllr Bailey. Unfortunately because of staff vacancies we did not give him a large amount of support.”

Mr Nicholson said suggestions from Cllr Bailey would be to host the heats and final show at one venue.

The town clerk collected figures for stage hire and said a scaled-down event could cost about £4,000.

He said: “We could possibly make it more economical by having a smaller event such as a weekend of heats with a final at the Blakehay Theatre, which could get it down to £2,000 or £1,500.”

Town council leader Peter Crew said he would be keen to have another Weston’s Got Talent show but felt reducing the heats would be more appropriate.

He said: “It was too ambitious last time, not to fault it.

“A scaled-down version at the Blakehay would bring revenue back to the community theatre. A scaled-down version aimed at residents, not people outside the district coming in, would be best.”

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