Local schoolgirl, Amy Meehan (13) was crowned the Talent Northwest 2016 winner at a packed Millennium Forum on Saturday night - after what judge Bronagh Gallagher described as ‘an unbelievable display of talent’ from the north west area.
The Forum’s auditorium witnessed 12 entertaining acts taking to the stage in what was the culmination of six area heats throughout Counties Derry and Tyrone over the past two months.
The grand final night brought together the cream of local talent to Saturday’s finale to battle it out for the prestigious 2016 title.
So close was the contest that the judges took an extended interval just to whittle the 12 down to six for the second half of the show.
But it was a ‘shocked’ teenager Amy Meehan who picked up this year’s award from Joanna McConway, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, representing Minister Caral Ni Chuilin.
The young guitar-playing singer picked up plaudits from all four judges and was deemed a particularly deserving victor on the night, receiving rapturous applause from the audience and fellow contestants.
Event producer, Oliver Green, speaking after another successful contest, praised the high standards of all the participants and was delighted with the turnout at this year’s finale.
“The standard of those taking part tonight was just unbelievable.
“My fellow judges, Margaret Keys, Paddy Glasgow and Bronagh Gallagher had the unenviable task of picking a winner and so high was the quality,” maintained Oliver.
“It made the task very difficult.
“Congratulations to young Amy on her success and what a voice!”
Saturday night’s contest was also recorded by Irish Television and will be screened on Friday, April 15 at 7 pm.
It can be viewed on Sky Channel 191.