By Alan Davies
Friday, October 5, 2012
A LITTLE girl with a big voice beat strong competition to win this year’s Hertfordshire’s Got Talent contest in Hatfield.
The University of Hertfordshire’s Forum hosted the annual event, with magicians, dancers, singers and bands battling it out to win the prizes.
But it was 12-year-old Shaniah Williams who wowed the judges and astounded the crowd in the auditorium with her mature singing voice.
She took the first prize after belting out a rendition of I Am Changing from film Dreamgirls.
Shaniah collected a £1,000 cash prize for winning the competition and a £500 photography shoot courtesy of Ray Lowe Studios.
Jay Borthwick and all-girl band All Sorts, who also reached the final of the Galleria shopping centre’s Welwyn Hatfield Times-backed Search for a Star competition earlier this year, were second and third respectively.
Special prizes went to Connor McSweeney and April Blue.
The Forum audience were also entertained by a performance from the cheeky trio and Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the Loveable Rogues, as well as the Karizma Crew from Heart Radio.
Ex-Blue Peter presenter and Heart DJ Stuart Miles compered the event.
Second prize overall went to 13-year-old magician Jay Borthwick, who amazed the crowd with a spectacular musical show featuring confetti, quick clothes changes, and multiplying umbrellas.
Jay received £250 in cash for finishing runner-up and a £250 photography shoot courtesy of Ray Lowe Studios.
Four-piece girl band All Sorts were placed third for their harmonious a cappella performance of We Found Love by Rihanna.
The girls received a cash prize of £100 and a £100 photography shoot courtesy of Ray Lowe Studios.
The special recording prize, a one-year recording contract sponsored by Graphic Nature Studios, was awarded to a well-deserving male duo called April Blue.
The two 23-year-old guitarists performed an acoustic version of one of their own songs.
A special performance prize of a one year scholarship sponsored by Top Hat Stage & Screen School went to 16-year-old Connor McSweeney.
He overwhelmed the audience with his performance of You Never Will Be Mine by Robyn.
Judges for the event were the Forum Hertfordshire’s Max Ross, Guy Robinson from Hyper Agency, Heart 97.6’s Mark Sadler and Warren Bacci, principal of Top Hat Stage & Screen School.
Max Ross, director of commercial services from the Forum, said: “It was incredibly tough to judge this year as the talent reached professional heights.
“We are also grateful for the quality of the volunteers and people organising the event, who worked tirelessly and did an immensely successful job.”