On Weds 29th April, Skye’s the Limit, a local father and daughter duo, won the Castle Vale’s Got Talent (CVGT) community talent show – performing against 21 other acts in the competition’s grand finale.
Featuring father Ste, and daughter Skye McVey, Skye’s the Limit performed a song and dance duet in front of a sellout audience at Greenwood Academy – combining ballet, rap and soul vocals, alongside a polished cross genre danced routine.
Having entered Castle Vale’s Got Talent several times before as a solo singer, the 2015 contest was the first time Ste McVey rehearsed and performed a routine with his 9 year old daughter, Skye.
“It’s amazing. We honestly, honestly didn’t expect to win,” said Ste & Sky McVey, after being awarded the first place trophy. “Obviously we wanted to do well, but we never thought we’d win. Castle Vale’s Got Talent is a great community event and it was really special to enter this year’s contest together.”
Judging the Castle Vale’s Got Talent 2015 contest were BBC presenter Andy Akinwolere (Blue Peter, Great British Bake Off, Inside Out), TV & theatre writer Stuart Lane (The Job Lot, Arkatim, Raw Talent Youth Theatre) and the winner of Castle Vale’s Got Talent 2014, singer Laura Green.
“I just wasn’t expecting it; it blew my mind,” admits Andy Akinwolere, “some of the talent here is actually ridiculous. The winners (Skye’s the Limit), potentially, could go and do Britain’s Got Talent, they were that good. Castle Vale should be beaming with pride, it was fantastic.”
Co-judge Stuart Lee, who has written for TV and theatre for over 20 years – including the ITV sitcom series The Job Lot, says “I judged this (CVGT) about seven years ago and the standard, of everything, from the production values through to the acts themselves, has just built and built. It’s brilliant; I wasn’t expecting what I saw tonight.”
Completing the judging panel was the winner of Castle Vale’s Got Talent 2014, Laura Green – who offered heartfelt advice after every contestant’s final performance. “It was interesting being on the judging panel, watching all the young performers and all the fresh talent;” describes Laura, “to see the energy and everyone coming together was fantastic. That’s what it’s all about and I’m proud to be part of such a talented estate.”
Back for its seventh consecutive year, Castle Vale’s Got Talent is a local homage to the national TV show – with previous winners going on to serious careers in the entertainment industry.
In 2013 local singer Michael Hayes* was picked up by Sony Records after winning the talent contest. Whilst the 2011 CGVT winner, 9 year old dance protégé Jak Tuite Leach, went on to secure a scholarship at the Suzie Earnshaw Theatre School and win the £250,000 first place prize in SKY TV’s Got to Dance.
A total of 22 acts performed at the Castle Vale’s Got Talent 2015 final, organsied and hosted by Greenwood Academy – produced by an 11 strong technical crew, using a blend of professional and semi professional lighting and sound equipment.
All money raised by the Castle Vale’s Got Talent contest is invested back into community projects for the Tyburn Ward, as part of Greenwood’s ongoing communities outreach program.
Speaking about the Castle Vale’s Got Talent competition, Trevor Evans*, Greenwood Academy’s Communities Manager & CVGT organiser/compère says: “CVGT is a strong community event, where we can use the resources of the school to give something back to the local community. But every year the talent we see on stage is so inspiring.
None of the entrants are ever overly focused on winning, but they all give it everything they've got ; there’s a huge amount of effort that goes into this event, both on stage and behind the scenes. It’s one of those things you’re honestly proud to be part of.”
Following the CVGT 2015 final show, a selection of entrants will be going on the Castle Vale’s Got Talent Tour – visiting & performing for local people who could not attend the 29th April event, such as primary schools, old people’s homes, community centres & local action groups.
Scheduled for late May, full details on the Castle Vale’s Got Talent Tour will be announced soon.