Cast your vote for Kingston's top talent
By whitelc | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 11:03
Kingston will be first for talent this Saturday and Sunday as a host of performers get the chance to showcase their skills to Christmas shoppers.
The first eight performers in the Kingston Spotlight competition will take centre stage at key locations throughout the Town Centre and visitors are being asked to vote for their favourite.
The competition is being organised by Kingstonfirst, the placemaking organisation for the Town Centre, in a bid to prove that local performers really do have the X Factor.
Ros Morgan, chief executive of Kingstonfirst, said: "We are looking forward to seeing this outstanding selection of performers take to the streets of Kingston and entertain shoppers this weekend.
"As well as adding to the Christmas cheer around Kingston, we hope everyone will get into the spirit of the competition by voting for their favourite act."
This weekend's performers are:
Sophie Plummer: Aged 14, Kingston-based Sophie has an incredible year since winning Surrey's Got Talent with a performance that saw her simultaneously play drums and sing. She has since performed at Wembley Arena and Edinburgh Playhouse. To vote for Sophie text 60777 followed by KSpotlight1
Thom Worth: Thom, from New Malden, is a full-time busker and a regular at open mic nights, whose warm and uplifting voice accompanies some strong acoustic music as he performs songs of all varieties from different decades. To vote for Thom text 60777 followed by KSpotlight2
Grace Taylor: A 16-year-old singer/songwriter from Kingston. Grace will be performing a variety of cover songs including soul, jazz and pop as well as performing, for the first time, and original song she has written called 'Confession'. To vote for Grace text 60777 followed by KSpotlight7
Reem and Phoebe: Two teenage girls whose play guitar and ukulele as well as singing. They started out performing on YouTube and hope playing at Kingston Spotlight will bring them a new audience. To vote for Reem and Phoebe text 60777 followed by KSpotlight14
Josh and Martha: Local Kingston double act, featuring a singer and a guitarist, Josh and Martha are a familiar sight around the streets of Kingston. As well as being popular buskers, the pair perform at festivals, events and parties. To vote for Josh and Martha text 60777 followed by KSpotlight15
Peter Na: Kingston student Peter, who lives in Esher, is a songwriter and plays in several rock bands. He will be performing solo for the first time at Kingstonfirst; playing guitar and singing covers ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Green Day. To vote for Peter text 60777 followed by KSpotlight16
Gina Purdue: Hampton-based Gina, who works in Kingston, credits her passion for singing to her mother and has been performing since the age of five. She has her own group and directs, choreographs and performs in variety shows. Her ambition is to perform in the West End. To vote for Gina text 60777 followed by KSpotlight17
Human Statue: Carrie Lovatt is a professional human statue who has never looked back since being thrown into the statue world by a friend many years ago. This very different type of performance creates a unique talking point. To vote for the Human Statue text 60777 followed by KSpotlight21
Your normal operator's standard network charge applies to all texts. Voting closes at midnight next Monday and the winner will be announced on the Kingstonfirst website and in the Kingston Guardian and Surrey Comet newspapers.
For the latest on the competition follow @KSpotlight via Twitter.
The Kingston Spotlight is part of Kingstonfirst's big programme of events in the run-up to Christmas which include the town's big traditional Christmas Lights Switch On taking place on Thursday, November 15th. For more details visit www.kingstonfirst.co.uk