Sidmouth DOES have talent!

PUBLISHED: 13:26 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:19 18 June 2010

YOUNG musicians, singers and dancers went head-to-head last week in order to prove that Sidmouth has got talent. The setting of the Sidmouth s Got Talent contest was the Rock Café, with auditions running all week, to coincide with the week-long Britain

YOUNG musicians, singers and dancers went head-to-head last week in order to prove that Sidmouth has got talent.

The setting of the 'Sidmouth's Got Talent' contest was the Rock Café, with auditions running all week, to coincide with the week-long Britain's Got Talent semi final.

Officially eight people auditioned but several others took part in impromptu auditions.

It wasn't Simon, Amanda and Piers judging the talent but Sidmouth Youth Council members Sam, Steph, Tash, Charlotte and Tyran- and they even had buzzers!

The contest was hosted by Sidmouth College Year 8 pupil Georgia.

The final was held on Saturday and the winner was selected by a public vote.

The talent champion was singer and guitarist Sacha Cohen who wowed the judges and audience with his rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.

He was awarded £66, with £50 being donated, and a trophy for his efforts.

Second place went to rock band 'The Sherpas' made up of Jonah Hitchens, vocals and electric guitar, Lewis Beach-Barden on bass, Jack Daniels on electrical guitar and James Fuke on drums.

And third place went to trumpet player Eliot King.

Both runners up were awarded harmonicas and medals.

Melanie Le Roux, owner of Rock Café, said the contest was a great success.

"We had good laughs and good fun. It was really busy- there were a lot of old faces but new ones too."

The next competition is already being planned for August during the summer holidays and Melanie insists it will be "bigger and better".


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