The day after the nation had chosen their winner of Britain’s Got Talent, judges closer to home were facing their own tough decision.
Tristesse Atkinson, Maggie Owens, Lisa Ormerod, and Neil Gallery were judging this year’s Colne’s Got Talent competition at the Union Exchange.
But due to the high standard of contestants, they were unable to decide a final five to be sent through to the grand final at Colne Gala on June 21st.
Despite much deliberation, it was decided to let seven stars battle it out to win a headline spot at the £40 Help For Heroes Dinner Dance at the Muni on October 25th.
The finalists are Kodie Unwin, Alex Mitchell-Males, Shauna Wetherall, Stacie Owens, Sheryl Brown, China McCay, and Jennifer Dalton.
Having been running for five years, organiser Coun. Neil Butterworth has said he was once again left impressed by the calibre of the acts taking part in the contest.
He said: “It was really good and we had 18 entries this year. We had everything from a little girl who was three singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, to a boy called Lee Owens doing break dancing.
“I set this up because I thought if Britain’s Got Talent, then there must be talent around Colne.
“The winner goes from a small pub in Colne, to a live stage at the gala, to headlining at the Municipal Hall - and they do all that within two weeks.”
This year’s family friendly event attracted around 100 audience members.
And according to judge and landlady of the Union Exchange Maggie Owens, the whole day was “absolutely brilliant”.
She added: “It was a really good day, but it was very hard to choose the winners.
“There was one girl who has been coming from the start, and she got through this time - I was so proud of her and she was over the moon. I look forward to the gala now.”