Thurrock’s hidden talents were discovered at the Thameside Theatre, Grays on Friday 8 May.
Katie Thornett, 14, emerged the winner of the Thurrock Hidden Talent show with her captivating performance of Good Morning Baltimore (from the musical, Hair Spray), followed by 13-year -old Rebecca Mead who tapped her way to second place with a brilliantly composed piece by her brother.
Another 13-year-old, Carl Griffin bagged the third place with an admirable piece from his saxophone.
Ten other young people fascinated the audience with Beat Boxing, Rap, Tap Dancing and singing.
Andrew Mackinlay, MP for Thurrock and Cllr Sue MacPherson, Thurrock’s Cabinet member for Children’s Services were there to watch the performances.
Cllr MacPherson said: “This show is all about the young people of Thurrock.
“It is awesome to see these performances and to know we have such great support from Safe Radio and the Royal Opera House.
“I congratulate Katie, the other winners and all the young people who have performed.
“I also thank all those who have made this night a success most especially the parents for their support with the rehearsals which made the evening a most spectacular one.”
The judges were pleased as well. Gabrielle Forster-Still of the Royal Opera house said: “The evening was really exciting and all the young people were very impressive.”
Ross McGrane from Safe Radio added: “I was simply blown away by the individual talents and every performance was super.”
The Thurrock Hidden Talent show was organised by the 14-19 and Youth Development Team with assistance from V-Involved, Safe Radio and the Royal Opera House.
Wristbands were sold for £1 at the door for the Sunshine Centre charity and £157 was realised.