Heat six of this year’s Star Search competition saw The Clarendon packed to the rafters with supporters, as more people made their way into the semi-finals.
The Londesborough Street pub hosted the latest round of talent on Wednesday night, with nine singers vying for the chance to win the £1,500 jackpot.
The night was so closely fought, the judges were left with no option but to put four people through.
Judges for the night were BBC Radio Humberside’s James Hoggarth, musician John Levesley and DJ Mike Woodhouse.
Compere for the evening was Dave Norman.
The first act through to the semi-finals was Jessica Mae Lowery from Kingswood, who chose to sing Clown by Emeli Sande, Rise Up by Andra Day and the Lady GaGa hit Shallow from the film A Star Is Born.
The judges thought Jessica was well on-form vocally and the audience enjoyed her varied song choices, particularly her last one which was probably the best song of the night.
The second act through was Nathan Major, from Bransholme, who was the only solo male contestant on the night. He started his set with a rousing version of Billy Joel’s Piano Man, and went on to perform From Now On from The Greatest Showman soundtrack and Disturbed’s version of The Sound of Silence.
The judges said he had a strong voice and sang with confidence, and he quickly settled into his performance. He had the audience singing along but could do to re-think his last number, possibly for something more mainstream.
The third act through was The Arkut Brothers, consisting of acoustic guitar-playing brothers Ben and Sam Arkut.
Their song choices included Coldplay’s Adventure of a Lifetime, an original song called Losing My Mind and closed their part in the show with a very popular cover of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.
The judges agreed Sam and Ben proved a great team and gave a slick, polished performance instrumentally and vocally.
The fourth person through to the semi-finals was Sarah Howard, from Bilton, who chose to open with a great version of Eve Cassidy’s Songbird, the up-tempo You and I by Lady GaGa, and closed the night with a great version of Run by Leona Lewis.
The judges thought Sarah sang a good selection of songs that really suited her voice and gave a confident performance. The audience at the Clarendon really took to her.
There was plenty of talent on Wednesday night, with many acts unlucky not have made it through this time around.
The first act up on the night was young vocalist Emily Thackray Nocera, from Hessle, who opened her set with the David Guetta hit Titanium, and went on to perform What About Us by Pink and Rise Up by Andra Day.
The judges thought Emily had a fine voice and gave a good, solid performance, but she needs to interact and engage with the audience a little more.
Performing second was acoustic guitarist Amy Bell, from Holderness Road, who sang her own song No Use, a cover of Dolly Pardon’s Jolene and another original song Fine Tonight.
The judges thought she gave an enjoyable and confident performance but more variation would have improved her score.
The third contestants on the night were girl duo Megan Colley and Hanna Savage-Lonsdale, from Hedon, who’s set included the songs She Used to be Mine by Sara Barelles, Ex’s & Oh’s by Elle King and Apex Predator from the Broadway show Mean Girls.
The judges said they shared harmonies through their set and enjoyed themselves, which came across to the audience. They need to work and gain experience together, and were very unlucky not progress to the next stages.
Fourth contestant up on the night was Toria Quarshie, from Willerby Road, who sang Never Enough from The Greatest Showman, an acoustic version of Titanium and closed with What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes.
The judges felt Toria looked the part and used her experience well. She chose a strong song to start her show with and sang her set with feeling.
Eighth in the show was confident performer Rachel Wilson, from Thorngumbald, who sang Queen’s I Want It All, Bound To You by Christina Aguilera and Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel. From chart hits to songs from the shows, Rachel included a little of everything and showed her versatility, agreed the judges. She had clearly worked hard and was very unlucky not to make the semi-finals.
Star Search would like to thank Steve, Bev, Steve Jr, Deon and all the staff at The Clarendon for supporting the competition and hosting a memorable night.
- Heat seven will be held on May 22 at the Vintage Bar in Hull’s Silver Street.
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