Talented Doncaster residents gathered at Cast yesterday in the hope of singing, dancing, or even laughing their way onto hit reality show Britain’s Got Talent.
Talent scouts from Thames TV – which produces the annual ITV variety contest – welcomed hopefuls to the Waterdale theatre so they could see what the borough had to offer.
Among the auditionees was singer Donna Szostack, aged 30, from Rossington.
The retail assistant was hoping the audition would mark the start of a new career for her, two years after overcoming problems with her ear.
She said: “I developed tinnitus three years ago after going swimming. It caused me to have pain in my ear and it made things difficult. I was going to give up singing, but then two years ago I found out I could have custom made ear defenders. Now I’m hoping to pursue my dream.”
The auditionees were asked to go up to see the judges, who at this stage were two Thames TV producers, one at a time. They now face an anxious wait to find out if they will progress in the competition. Comedy singer and dancer Michael Bower, aged 21, said he was told that he would hear within the next week whether or not he had been successful – and the next stage could be in front of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon. The kitchen porter from Ranskill hopes his routine will see him become the next novelty performing superstar.
He said: “I think the audition went well. I could see she was dancing a bit and she said I would get lots of clapping from an audience. I just want to make people laugh.”
All ages and talents were welcome to perform sets of two to three minutes. Angela Gravil, owner of the Angela Gravil stage school in Thorne, said: “The auditions normally just go to the bigger cities, it’s nice to give people in the smaller towns a chance.”
Seven girls from the school performed a troupe routine and three girls, all aged between 10 and 14, performed solo acts in the hope of making it through.
One of the dancers, Isabella Webb, aged 10, said: “It went really well, I wasn’t nervous at all, it was just exciting. I hope we’ve got through.” Previous Doncaster stars to emerge from the show include singer Sallie Lax, now 19, of Rossington, who sang alongside her late grandfather John Neill in the 2009 series, and Danny Ball, aged 29, of Kirk Sandall, who performed as part of martial arts duo Strike in 2008 next to friend Liam Richards from Sheffield.