Excitement filled Ridgeline High School’s auditorium on Saturday, April 22, as 16 contestants in the South Towns Got Talent Show took stage.
“We’re thrilled that the day’s finally come where we can see the performers,” Chad Wright, Nibley City’s recreation director said.
Sponsored by Nibley City, the competition welcomed participants from Nibley, Providence, Millville, Hyrum, Paradise, Wellsville, Mendon, College Ward and Young Ward.
“It’s your chance to enjoy the spotlight,” Master of Ceremonies Shaw Merrill told them. “Soak it in!”
The evening’s first place and audience choice winner was Dale Major, from Avon. Founder of the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, Major engaged the audience from his song’s first notes with an original Western singalong called “Good Fences.”
“I’m a little surprised,” Major said after the contest. “I was hoping for the audience award, which I got, which was great, but I’m kind of old and I kind of wanted to encourage these younger people more than maybe taking the thunder. But I’m glad for what I did, I’m glad for the judges and I had a good time.”
Allison Cook, a sophomore at Mountain Crest High School, played “Carnaval de Venice” on the flute for second place honors, with Rebecca Bitter and Enlight Ballroom Dance Company earning third place for an ensemble performance called “Ex’s and Oh’s.” Contestants were judged on originality, style and execution, showmanship, audience response and overall performance. Prior to Saturday’s competition, they each received up to two hours of professional coaching.
Elisabeth Spencer, who won first place in female vocals at last week’s <a href=”https://youngartistcup.wordpress.com/”>Young Artist Cup</a>, was one of several guest performers during the South Towns Got Talent Show. Merrill asked for her perspective as the judges tabulated results.
“The judges’ feedback is nice,” she said, “but what really matters is that you came out and gave it your all.”
Kris Wiser, whose daughter Hailie dances with Enlight, thought the event was fantastic.
“Hailie loves to dance, they love to perform, and this is really a great venue for the kids,” she said. “I think it’s pretty awesome that they put something like this together to showcase the talent in our valley because we’ve got some amazing talent.”
Competition winners received cash prizes and scholarships, along with the opportunity to record a free demo CD of their work in a professional recording studio. Event sponsors included Paul Mitchell The School, Stevens-Henager College, Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Stacked Quality Pancakes, Basket Hub, Texas Roadhouse and Kubex Fitness.