South Towns Got Talent sneak peek, contestant previews coming next week

The upcoming <a href=””>South Towns Got Talent Show</a> being sponsored by Nibley City on Saturday, April 22, will feature <a href=”” target=”_blank”>16 acts</a>, performed by contestants from throughout the south end of Cache Valley. The competition begins at 7 p.m. and features dancers, vocalists and instrumental solos. There’s a clogger, a pianist and a ukulele player—a fiddler, a flutist and more.

Chad Wright, Nibley City’s recreation director, said 37 hopefuls participated in auditions last month. Since then, event finalists have had the opportunity to work with professional coaches to fine-tune their acts. Jim Reese, chair of the Nibley Arts and Entertainment Committee, spearheaded coordination of the competition and has also served as a contestant coach.

“We are not coaches of the technical end,” he said. “You know, they have their individual teachers and we don’t want to violate anything with their teachers or directors, but we help on presentation and showmanship, and that’s been exciting. As far as what we’re most excited about, it’s the show itself.”

Reese said the competition next Saturday will differ from a typical talent show per se.  Along with the incorporation of several outside entertainers, the South Towns Got Talent Show will engage the crowd with “Audience Choice” voting and a community dance-off.

“We’re going to have a twist contest,” Reese said, “where people can come in from the audience, go up on stage and show their stuff for the twist. Most everybody can twist, and in that, they get a night on the town if they should win!”

Leading up to the event, what makes the South Towns Got Talent Show most engaging are the personal stories behind the contestants themselves. Many of them have overcome significant challenges, are largely self-taught and/or have unique backgrounds and interests. A common thread among them is their enthusiastic support of each other.

“I am excited to have opportunity to meet lots of people and make new friends,” said Olivia Malm, the competition’s youngest contestant (whom Wright describes as “fun, confident and adorable”).

A resident of Wellsville, Malm will sing “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson for her performance, accompanying herself on the ukulele.

“My act is unique because I am putting my own spin on the song by modifying some of the lyrics and playing the ukulele,” she wrote in her bio. “I’ve been taking voice lessons for the last year and have picked up the ukulele starting with a church activity where I was asked to give a performance for a trek group.”

One of the competition’s few male contestants, Brandun Jensen will dance to Trip Lee’s “Manolo.” His audition performance included a back flip.

“I like dance because it’s my way to express myself and relieve stress and any other emotions I’m feeling,” the Ridgeline High School student wrote. “What makes me most excited about performing at South Towns Got Talent is I can show everyone who comes and watches what I’m feeling and trying to tell them by dancing.”

Beginning Monday, April 17, will share additional contestant information throughout the week, including stories of resilience, perseverance and faith.

“You don’t want to miss this one,” Reese said of the upcoming showcase. “We have some excellent talent!”  

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