Modern twist as show revives talent search

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 12:08 11/02/2014
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Venture Southland event manager Jade Gillies flashes potential winnings for the Southland A&P Show Grand Talent Search. The Southland A&P Show is on March 1 at Donovan Park.

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The Southland A&P Show is going back to its roots and bringing back old-fashioned competitions for the whole family - but with a modern twist.

The A&P Show Grand Talent Search, a new competition that harks back to old-style shows, is now on and organisers are urging people to get their entries in.

Venture Southland event manager Jade Gillies said the idea of a talent search was a throwback to earlier eras of A&P Shows.

"It's about taking it back to its roots. They used to have talent searches in the old days and this is a great way to put a modern-day spin on it."

Entrants create a video of themselves performing their talent, which can be up to four minutes long, and then post their entries online via the Southland A&P Facebook page. The public then votes for their favourite act.

The top 10 in each of the two categories, junior and senior, would automatically go through to the live final at the A&P show at Donovan Park on March 1.

While there had been only "a handful of entries" so far, with $1000 on the line for first place, organisers were confident they would get more people signed up, Mr Gillies said.

Anyone attending on show day would be able to cast a vote for their favourite act, which would account for 50 per cent of the vote and a panel of judges would make up the other 50 per cent.

The range of talents would not be restricted but entrants need to be able to set up quickly because of the schedule. Entries close on Sunday and then online voting will be open for a week.

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