Britain’s Got Talent visits Stornoway

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Islanders had their chance for fame and fortune this weekend as Britain’s Got Talent brought auditions to the Scottish islands for the first time.

The Bayhead Bridge Centre and Chili Chili hosted auditions over the Halloween weekend as talented hopefuls tried not to give the television show’s talent scouts too much of a fright.

About 25 acts turned out in Stornoway for the auditions and the Gazette was on hand at Bayhead Bridge Centre on Saturday where nervous and excited performers awaited their time to shine.

Girls from the Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing had been practicing every day for two weeks for their audition. Ailyn Mackay,

Leah Mackay, Kate Macmillan, Mairi Maclennan, Holly Thompson, Ruth Cunningham, Caroline Mackay and Alison Carty impressed the scouts by

mixing traditional dance with contemporary music, putting on their dancing shoes for Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj.

Teacher Sharon said: “The girls have had a ball this morning getting all glammed up, and it’s something a bit different to bagpipes.”

Duo ‘Acqua Jane and Delores’, the ones the 60s missed, performed a song by the Kinks and Jane’s original, ‘You Defrost My Heart At One Million Degrees’.

Also on hand on the day were ‘Girls World’, Naomi Macphail, Dana Maciver, Sophie Morrison, Ella Maciver and Elsa MacDonald. The girls were dancing, singing and playing the guitar in a routine they had planned themselves.

The Stornoway auditions were part of a new regional initiative by Britain’s Got Talent that brings the auditions to the far-reaching communities of Scotland who would find it difficult to travel to the Mainland. Aberdeen, Inverness and Orkney also hosted auditions.

Each of the auditions was video recorded and will be viewed by the full casting team before further auditions in Glasgow in a couple of weeks.

The next stage will see entrants appear in front of the Britain’s Got Talent judges in Edinburgh next year.

Pictured are the Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing group.