Gympie’s Got Talent overall winner singer-songwriter Alys Longmate.
Gympie’s Got Talent overall winner singer-songwriter Alys Longmate. Contributed

Talent search ends on high note

PLANS were already under way for the next Gympie’s Got Talent as the final 15 took to the stage on Friday night to compete for a prize pool of $2500.

The finalists had been selected from about 80 varieties of performances from singers, choirs and dancers to instrumentalists, hip-hoppers and narrators.

The line-up of talent was impressive, but in the end there could only be one winner in each of the three categories.

Alys Longmate was awarded the $1000 cash prize for being the overall winner.

She is the second eldest child in a family of nine and the only musically minded one.

At only 15 years old, Alys proved to judges she had what it took to pursue a career in the music industry with a near-perfect performance of her own song Number One Lonely Road.

The $500 cash prize was awarded to Jason Van Dorssen who competed in the adult section.

In his younger years, he toured up the coast with a band for five years and after 10 years of singing in public, Jason performed like a pro when singing Hung my Head by Sting.

Talisha Young, 14, who has been singing since she was seven years old won the $500 cash in the junior division.

The Gympie High School Student fronts AICM girls’ band Epic. She performed Hurt by Christina Aguilera.

Winner of the sub-junior section was Mary-Helen Buchan, 9, with her narration of The Spider & the Fly dressed in character.

All runners-up received a Nut Shack pack.

“It was an awesome night of entertainment,” organiser Leanne Heck said.

“Thanks to our four judges for what turned out to be an extremely difficult job.

“Congratulations to all the contestants and special congratulations to the four winners.

“Remember Gympie’s Got Talent will be back this time next year so start practicing.”

All proceeds go to the Christian Family Church Brekkie Klubs that operate- in five schools.