A pub in Mablethorpe is leading the way in talent spotting by holding a contest to give local residents an opportunity to shine.
The Montalt Arms kicked off The Montalt’s Got Talent last Wednesday (February 5) where 10 residents from Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Sandilands stepped up on stage to showcase their talents in the hope of winning the top gong of £250.
The talent show consists of three heats with three winners from each heat going into the final which takes place on Wednesday, February 26. But the seven contestants that don’t make it through will have a renewed chance to make the final with each name being posted on The Montalt Arms Facebook page where residents can vote for their favourite performance, giving the individual with the most votes a wildcard slot to perform in the final.
Landlady of The Montalt Arms, Jane Russell said: “I thought heat one went brilliantly and I can’t wait for the next two and especially the final. It was lovely to see a great turnout of local residents supporting the first ten acts and I believe it will be bigger and better as the weeks progress.”
All of the contestants were judged by a panel which included Louise Chapman from entertainment agency, Agency1, Karen Overton, landlady of the Book in Hand pub and myself, Mablethorpe Leader reporter, Chloe West. With an amazing array of singers and a comedian performing in heat one, it was a tough decision to select just three winners.
Jack Forknall, 21, was awarded first place, Tom Russell, 24, came in second and Lydia Metcalfe, 19, took the final slot. Not forgetting the wildcard entry, which came in at a tie so both Daryl Mc Garry and Aaron Maltby will also perform in the final. All three winners had very different reasons for entering the contest.
Jack said: “My reason was mainly a chance to prove to myself I’m good at something.
“I was speechless when I won, but it was more the fact that it was the first time my mum, step dad and my nan had heard me perform.”
Tom added: “I entered because people told me I should give it ago and I was very happy to hear that I had made it through.”
Lydia said: “I decided to enter for the experience as I have never done anything like this before.
“I never thought I would be in the final, but I greatly appreciate the opportunity.”