The Final Countdown to Wexford Has Talent 2016 Grand Final.

The Grand Final of Wexford Has Talent 2016 is set to take place at Clayton Whites Hotel this Saturday, January 30th and 17 acts have secured a much-coveted place on the stage.

Last Saturday evening 18 semi-finalists took to the stage to battle it out in front of the panel of judges which included Vicky Clancy, Yvette Walsh and Anita Cullen and a 300 strong audience.

The panel of judges decided the standard of talent was so overwhelming high that they put 10 semi-finalists forward to perform at the Grand Final alongside the 7 successful semi-finalists from the previous weeks Semi Final 1.

MC on the evening George Lawlor announced from stage the 10 qualifiers through from Semi Final 2, the talented bunch includes Singer from Wexford town Chris Berry, Trad music group INTRO, 16 year old singer Hayley Crosbie, Free runners VYRE, 11 year olf singer Emma O’Leary, Gymnast Tara Doyle Robinson, 18 year old singer from Bree Megan Kate Doolin, 12 year old singers from Gorey Jirat O’Neill, 17 yeard old singer from Cork and Nicole Mannix, musical group 7TH fret.

7th Fret

Musical group 7th Fret.

They now join the 7 finalists from Semi Final 1 who are; 11 year old singer Cormac Cooper from Ballywilliam, dancer Irina Karpenko, singer Charleen Murphy, dance troupe Aurora all students at the Sheila Grace dance Company, 12 year old singer Aoife Goodison, singer songwriter Rachel Grace and Wexford band The Gallivants.

The winner of the 2016 Grand Final will be presented with a €2000 cash prize.

This is the second year of the competition and the winners of the inaugural competition in 2015 Wexford based band ‘Fit For Kings’ who have since gone on to release their successful debut single ‘Heartache’ will return to the Wexford Has Talent stage to entertain the audience at the 2016 Grand Final.

Commenting on upcoming final judge Yvette Walsh said, “This competition gets better and better, both of the semi finals were hugely entertaining evenings offering a real variety of talent and skills, it has been an honour to be involved until this stage and I don’t envy the judges for the Grand Final as I know it will be a tough decision to pick just one winner. I want to wish all of the acts the very best of luck this week and on the stage on Saturday evening.”

During the 2016 Semi Finals and Final all acts are placed by a judge’s vote only and no audience paid voting takes place.

Emma O'Leary

11-year-old singer Emma O’Leary.

Tickets to the Grand Final are €15 and are now on sale at Clayton Whites Hotel or from any member of the Wexford Has talent organising committee. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children (u16) is also available at €50, for pre-booking of family tickets call; 087 6707 220 or 086 6060 100.

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