After months of auditions and rehearsals, the finalists of this year’s Pride’s Got Talent competition will take to the stage at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End for the Grand Finals on 9th and 16th June.
23 acts will perform at Apollo Theatre alongside West End star Layton Williams.
Across two amazing evenings showcasing the capital’s best LGBT+ talent, the 23 remaining acts will battle it out for a place on the Trafalgar Square stage at Pride in London on Saturday 6th July. The winners will also get the opportunity to perform on stage at EuroPride Vienna in June. The acts will be taken through their paces by guest judges including pop icon Sinitta and cabaret sensation Mzz Kimberley.
As always, the competition is split into two genres of Cabaret and Music, with the Music final on Sunday 9th and Cabaret on Sunday 16th June. Both evenings will also feature performances from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie star Layton Williams along with other members of the cast.
Pride’s Got Talent, now in its sixth year, was founded as a competition to shine a spotlight on LGBT+ talent in the capital. LaMont (formerly LMR), last year’s musical winner, said, “Pride’s Got Talent has undoubtedly played a significant role in moulding me into the artist I am today and I will be forever grateful for that. The competition process was a huge learning curve and a completely new experience for me, and being up against such a powerhouse of talent really pushed me to work even harder.”
Last year’s winning cabaret act, Busty & Ginger, added, “We can’t believe it’s been a year since we won Pride’s Got Talent! As well as it launching our careers in the cabaret industry, we’ve met so many beautiful kind people along the way who are now our firm friends. Pride’s Got Talent is much more than just a competition – it’s a community of queer artists who have each other’s backs and support each other across the industries. And it’s only going from strength to strength, and we can’t wait to see what stars are born from this year’s Finals.”
Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely, Deputy Director of Events for Pride in London and Founder of Pride’s Got Talent, said, “The last five years of this competition have uncovered some of London’s finest LGBT+ talent, and we can’t wait to see who rises to the top at this year’s finals. We’re looking to find the acts which will help us celebrate 50 years of the Pride movement and raise the roof on stage in Trafalgar Square in just a few weeks’ time.
“Our 23 acts will all need everyone’s support, so please come out to the finals and cheer on the artists you want to be crowned winners of Pride’s Got Talent 2019!”
Pride’s Got Talent was conceived in 2014 with a mission to make sure that talented artists from the LGBT+ community were all given a fair opportunity to take part in Pride in London, as well as receiving mentoring from industry experts. Giving everyone the opportunity to apply and compete, no matter what gender, sexuality, disability or ethnicity, has been at the heart of the Pride’s Got Talent team’s mission, with the aim of bringing transparency and diversity to the Pride stages.
For more information and to book tickets for the Pride’s Got Talent finals, please visit prideinlondon.org/pgt.