West Pembroke Primary team has got talent!
The WPS Pride cheerleading team has been named the grand prize winner of the 2013 Bermuda’s Youth Got Talent competition.
Each of the 13 girls on the team won an iPod Shuffle courtesy of iClick, while the team as a whole received $5,000.
West Pembroke Primary School teacher Tenel Frost said the cash prize will go towards buying the girls full uniforms, with the rest being donated to the school itself to purchase supplies.
She said: “We’re all beyond words. Smiling, smiling, smiling.
“The girls are part of an enrichment programme at the school. It derived from sports day, and then the girls got involved in the enrichment programme and we decided to carry it on for BYGT.”
Janice Palmer praised the girls’ hard work, saying that they have been working on their routines since January.
“We are so excited,” she said.
A total of 170 young people signed up for the second annual contest. Twenty-three acts were selected to compete in a talent show televised live, and the public cast 2,302 votes.
Angelis Hunt took home the Judge’s Choice Award for his performance of “Redemption Song”. As a result, she gets three hours of studio time at Just Platinum, a $100 Brown & Co gift certificate and four movie tickets to Specialty Cinema.
He said he was shocked by the prize and he was eager to take advantage of the time in a recording studio.
“I wanted to enter last year, but I wasn’t able to,” he said. “I just really wanted to get my talent out there.”
Runner-up Quinn Outerbridge won the People’s Choice Award, with prizes including a $150 gift certificate from AS Cooper and two tickets to Specialty Cinema.
Other winners, who took home prizes from Music Box, Daisy & Mac, Electronic City and M&M, included:
Cameron Moulder favourite single act over 13.
Shori Lindsay-Trott favourite single act under 13.
The Simons Brothers favourite group act under 13.
Precious Cooper favourite dancer over 13.
Micah Corea favourite dancer under 13.
Connie Campbell best performance with an instrument.
Ameina Lewis highly commended (under 13).
Francesca Dill and
Julia Frith highly commended (over 13).
Judge Nadanja Bailey said he and the other judges were impressed by the quality of talent on display in this year’s competition.
“This year’s performance was definitely raised,” Mr Bailey said. “A lot of the contestants in it this year were also in it last year, so they knew what we were expecting. The outcome is great. I think everybody is happy.
“I think it’s a great thing the Coalition for the Protection of Children is doing with BYGT, and I’m happy to be a part of it and support the youth. Keeping them on that straight path.”
Asked if he had any advice for young people entering next year’s competition, he said: “Just bring it. If you love to perform, you will go far.”