Inspirational acts wowed at Mackay's Got Talent
THIRTEEN inspirational acts have wowed a large audience at the MECC, proving once again that Mackay definitely has talent.
Mackay's Got Talent judge Joel Bow described this year's line-up of talented teens as "out of control".
"Three of the artists actually have gigs after the show. One broke her arm last week, and she's still playing piano and singing an original song.
"It's really an explosive group of young people, and it shows the talent we have in this region. It's amazing."
The judges awarded this year's first prize of $1000 to 16-year-old Will Anderson, who, Mr Bow said, was charismatic and connected well with the audience.
"He had the audience screaming."
Mr Anderson played the guitar and didgeridoo and sang Seven Nation Army.
"I'm really interested in all that stuff (didgeridoo), so I decided to start using it," he said.
"It's a cool-sounding instrument."
He said he would spend his prize money to purchase music equipment.
Kalam Hargreaves, Brianna Brett and Breanna Norman also won awards for their performances.
Mr Bow said three of this year's acts had made it to the final for the second year in a row.
"Mackay has always been a place that's had extraordinarily talented people," he said. "I'm really not surprised, or shocked, considering how amazing the facilities are here. It's the level of talent we should have."
Hundreds of people turned out for the final at the Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre on Saturday.
Sensory Circus Tribe opened the show, before the 13 acts stepped out on stage to perform.