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Holly, 14, hits right note in talent contest

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: October 09, 2009

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AT just 14 years old, Holly Cosgrove is well on the way to having a successful entertainment career after winning Torbay's Got Talent.

In a hugely competitive final at the Babbacombe Theatre, Holly's pitch-perfect voice won her a professional contract at the venue, £250 cash, a portfolio and showreel.

The night saw exceptional talent from South Devon and beyond, and a capacity audience were treated to a night of high emotion and entertainment.

Head judge and Babbacombe Theatre director Colin Matthews said: "An exceptional array of talent in the heats this year resulted in the strongest final yet.

"All the judges including myself found it hard to trim the 12 finalists down to six for the second half.

"In fact we put seven through and, with the audience vote, there were eight to choose from.

"Although the results were close I thought that Holly Cosgrove proved she is an exceptional talent.

"We have seen her develop over the last two years and has this year fulfilled her potential, although at only 14 years old, who knows how far she could go in the business.

"She has already committed to the Christmas show and will not only have a solo spot but will also be involved in the production numbers and I am really looking forward to working with her".

Singer Louis Nayler came in as runner-up and took home £150 followed by sprightly dancer and show's youngest contestant Lily Laight, who came third and was awarded £100.

"I have also been in talks with the agent of the runner-up Louis with the possibility of him appearing in another of my productions," Colin said.

"The youth factor was very evident in this year's competition and it is obvious that the various dance and theatre schools in the area are doing an excellent job in nurturing the youngsters of Torbay.

"This was evident in two more of the finalists, dancer Lily Laight who was third and vocalist Millie Day who was not far behind.

"I am hoping that both will audition for the junior section in next year's production which are being held on November 8."

Colin added: "Torbay's Got Talent is growing in popularity each year and I am delighted at the support it is now receiving an the packed house that we had for the final".

To see footage from the final log on to www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk

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