THE deadline for the council’s ‘Search for a Star’ competition is fast approaching and hopefuls have been urged to get their entries in ahead of next Friday’s (March 1) closing date.
Television presenter Claire McCollum, from Jordanstown, will take to the stage at Theatre at The Mill on Friday, April 19 to host the Mayor’s charity event.
Claire will introduce the final acts who’ve made it through the audition process as they perform for the coveted Search for a Star title, in front of the Mayor and a panel of judges from the local entertainment industry.
Claire said: “I love watching TV talent shows, so it’s very exciting to be involved in this type of competition at a local level.
“It’s going to be a great night’s fun and I look forward to seeing who picks up the fantastic £1,000 first prize.”
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Victor Robinson added: “Closing date for entries is Friday, March 1, so anyone interested in entering should get online and apply soon.
“The competition is open to all ages and all talents – choirs, dance groups, singers and musicians.
“The competition is also open to those living outside the borough. All proceeds from the event will go to my three fantastic charities.”
The first round of auditions take place on Saturday, March 9 in the Abbeycentre and joining the Mayor on the judging panel will be Glen Houston from Glen Houston Entertainments, Citybeat’s Emma Fitzpatrick and one of the country’s leading sopranos, singer Michelle Baird.
The winner of the competition will receive £1,000, with a second prize of £500 and third receiving £250.
Prizes have been supported by the Abbeycentre, G Force Amusements, United Bus Company, Glen Houston Entertainments, Blu Zebra, CW Events Management and Dargan.
To enter the competition visit www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/searchforastar to complete and submit the online application form by 4pm on Friday, March 1.
A £5 application fee, which goes to the Mayor’s charities, must be paid.
Tickets for the final are available online at www.theatreatthemill.com or by calling 9034 0202 and cost £10. All proceeds from applications and tickets go to the Mayor’s charities: The Alzheimer’s Society, Epilepsy Action NI and Reach (Association for Children with Upper Limb Deficiency).