Elephant’s Got Talent – The BIG FINAL

Magician, Loic Dilane and the Singer/Wrapper double act, Copy and Paste (Kai Rogers and Zach Chappell) were crowned joint winners of Elephant’s Got Talent 2018. In total nine acts took to the stage to dazzle the judges with their performances, but the judges were particularly impressed by the professionalism and uniqueness of the to-be winners; Loic and Copy and Paste.

Over the last months budding singers, musicians, and performers from across Elephant and Castle have auditioned for their chance to become the winners of Elephant’s Got Talent 2018. Following three heats hosted at Draper Hall, Mercato Metropolitano and The Artworks, the judges chose three finalists from each heat to go through to the BIG FINAL!

Held at Elephant Park and hosted by BBC radio broadcaster Amanny Mohammed and local theatre and community arts practitioner John Whelan, the BIG FINAL saw crowds gather to watch the finalists compete, including her Worship the Mayor of Southwark. In addition to the auditionees performances, the audience were also treated to guest performances by dancers from local performing arts school, Superarts Academy and singer Darcy Dixon, a former student of Superarts, who herself only recently won the talent competition on ITV’s ‘This Morning’. John Whelan also performed his powerful rendition of New York, New York, supported by two of the senior dancers from Superarts, Bella Maloney and Dani Haggerty.

Susan Hayes, Principle Teacher at Superarts Academy of Performing Arts and key organiser of Elephant’s Got Talent comments: “It’s fantastic to see the variety of talents we have in the neighbourhood. Running Superarts Performing Arts Academy and the Superarts agency for young people who work in the West End, TV and Film, I’m always interested in seeing the wonderful talent we have in this area. To nurture those who are new to the business as well as encourage those who have been in this industry for many years, is a privilege. As you saw this evening it’s the passion of all the finalists that shone through and I hope all of them continue to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.”

Responsible for selecting the winner of Elephant’s Got Talent was a panel of judges with a wealth of expertise: Mike Smith, Joint Creative Director at Uplands TV, with over 20 years experience in the television industry, Director of the Grammy nominated production company, Sisters Grimm, and ballerina Pietra Mello Pittman and former student of Superarts Academy, Sadie Nine, singer, performer and BBC radio broadcaster.

The event was truly collaborative, special thanks go to the teams at Draper Together, Superarts Academy, the Artworks, Mercato Metropolitano and Elephant Park without which the event would not have been possible.

Key organiser, Susan Hayes comments, “Elephant Castle has a unique energy where talent can flourish. It’s been my pleasure to organise this event, with the assistance of a great team. Though this is the first ELEPHANT’S GOT TALENT, we hope it won’t be the last. I have even bigger ideas for next time!”

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