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Talentworks 2005 Up and Running

Published on July 6th 2005.

Talentworks burst back onto the scene for another year at the weekend with the first heat winner selected to go into the final on August 6th.

The first heat was won by 14 year old Alexandra Gaskell, who wowed the judges with renditions of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and ‘I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston. She beat off competition from four other acts.

First on stage were Ali & Philly Smith, who were trying their luck at The Printworks following successful stint in a French ski resort and a local wine bar. Their acoustic versions of one of their own songs plus ‘Say A Little Prayer For You' went down a treat with the crowd.

Next up, 27 year old Lisa Roberts has been singing since she was 11, gigging up and down the country with a 12 piece soul and motown band. She's now writing her own material and performed ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You' and ‘Supa Dupa Love'.

Double Barrelled Mark-Andrew Smith blew everyone away with his rendition of ‘Try and Little Tenderness' and ‘Eternity' but it was 14 year old Alexandra who stole the show.

Her power ballads are influenced by Joss Stone, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, illustrious footsteps to follow indeed, but if Saturday's performance is anything to go by, she's certainly heading in the right direction and she'll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner Shaun Fields.

Even though the heats have started, you've still got the chance to show everyone that you've got that extra something!

This year's all singing, all dancing search for talent takes over another 5 Saturdays in July and August. A selection of singers is still needed to wow a panel of musical experts by performing live in the Pump Yard. The good, the bad, and the ones you can only bear to watch through squinted eyes will be whittled down to the lucky few who will perform in the all important grand final.

The champion of Talentworks 2005 will win the chance to make their own music video, professionally filmed and edited, a photo session and portfolio with top photographer Matthew Seed, as well as the opportunity to perform at Manchester's Hard Rock Café, the ultimate live venue.

Talentworks is already experienced at uncovering stars from the array of potential North West talent. Previous winner, Katie Forrester from Rochdale, was signed to the BMG record label as a direct result of the exposure she received during the Talentworks competition. This is your opportunity to be in the right place at the right time.

Find out more at The Printworks.

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