Event reveals great talent

PLANS are already in the pipeline for a second Whitsunday Idol contest following the huge success of Saturday's talent quest.

The Whitsunday Idol contest formed part of the Whitsunday Music Festival, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Forty acts pitched their hats into the ring, including singers, instrumentalists, dancers, pianists and singer-songwriters.

Entrants were aged from eight to 70 years old and the judges, who are all professional entertainers themselves, had a difficult time deciding the winners due to the exceptionally high standard of entertainment. Contestants in all categories were awarded cups.

 Eight-year-old Monique Murphy, from Shute Harbour, won first prize in the junior category singing Grandma's Feather Bed. She also won second prize in the piano/instrumental section.

Christine Morante was the winner of the adult singer category and also original artist singer-songwriter award. Chrissie has not had any singing lessons as yet and her first on-stage performance was just two weeks ago with local band Fishjam.

Organiser and Whitsunday Idol founder Linda Taylor said that due to the overwhelming success of the first Whitsunday Idol she was already planning the next talent quest.

“A full program of talented entertainers kept the large audience captivated,” she said. 

“I am planning to have another Whitsunday Idol within the next few months. We need to encourage our children and young adults with exceptional talent to perform and have the opportunity to go on to fulfil their dreams.

“There is so much talent in our community. It is wonderful to be able to have a venue where these gifted youngsters can perform and present their very enjoyable and entertaining acts to the public.”  

Following Whitsunday Idol, the Music Festival's evening entertainment featured Corrine and Sam Vinci, Krash (Tony Herbert, Jack Coumi and Lisa O'Dowd), Wickedology (Kim Kleidon and Chrissy Farrell) and Steve Fielder.

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