It was planned as a fund raiser for two local charities, St Vincent’s Furniture Store and the Sheffield Branch of the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust. However, it turned out to be so much more. Mother of God’s Got Talent – advertised as the ‘Talent Show of the Year’, took place on Friday 6 December at the Mother of God Parish Centre on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield.
With thirteen artists performing it was sure to be a varied and entertaining night. With a packed hall and our Celebrity Judges, Judge Mike Murphy QC alongside Paulette Edwards and Iain Hodgson from BBC Radio Sheffield, we were ready to commence with the entertainment.
The lights were lowered, and to the sound of ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’, our very own Little Ant and Dec moved through the audience shaking hands and waving at everyone.
After a ‘bit of banter’ with the judges Little Ant and Dec introduced the first act. After each act they asked the judges for their comments on the performance. We had comments such as “Brilliant,” “Fantastic,” “Out of this world,” “I didn’t realise that the talent would be this good.” All three judges were bowled over with the calibre of the entertainment.
There were solo singing artists, a dancing dog, twin dancing Subo act and an up and coming Indie Band.
The Judges Decide
When all acts had performed, the Judges adjourned to another room to choose their top three acts. During this interval there was entertainment by ‘The Grand Plan’, with a great set of lively songs to tap and sing along to.
The Judges returned to the Hall to rapturous applause and before announcing their decision, ran through all the acts, commenting on each one in turn. All three judges once again reiterated how impressed they had been with all the acts and how difficult they had found it to come to a decision.
The top three acts returned to the stage – in third place, the judges had found it impossible to split two acts and therefore there was a joint third place, Danielle Kennedy and Hannah Wall, in second place The Fontaines, and the overall winner Tom Wall.
Bishop John very kindly presented the winner’s prize to Tom who then performed again for the audience.
Both St Vincent’s Furniture Store and the Sheffield branch of the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust are indebted to so many people for giving their time and energy and helping to make the evening such a success – the sound man, The Grand Plan, the people who organised the refreshments, the judges, the raffle ticket sellers and of course Little Ant and Dec (12 year old Nicholas Hardwick and 9 year old Sean Hardwick).
Mention must be made of all thirteen acts that took part, they were as follows: Danielle Kennedy, Vincent Green, Hannah Wall, Ralph Dickins, Louise and Scamp, Gianluca Papa, Siobhan and Nicola, Will Green, Ged Fitzgerald, Grace Fisher, Ben Fitzgerald, The Fontaines, Tom Wall.
As well as an enjoyable evening the fantastic sum of £800 was raised for the two charities. All three judges asked if they can take part again if there is another talent show, so watch this space for news on the next one!