A magical night of live performances took place at Wigan Warriors' Central Park headquarters, where 18 acts from across the Wigan Borough took part in the Grand Final of ‘The Max Factor' community talent show.
Once again the Judges, including Wigan Warriors players Greg Burke and Iain Thornley, had a really difficult job of picking a winner as the standard was so high. The event was attended by over 200 people who were treated to a range of musical acts.
The night saw a special performance from highly acclaimed local singer Lauren Waterworth who opened the show and acted as a judge on the night.
Community Marketing and Sales Executive Amanda Wilkinson commented
"Wigan Warriors are proud to be involved and host such a wonderful event full of local talented people.
"Personally I have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of the contestants, it has been a pleasure from start to finish and much credit must go to all the partners and volunteers in making the event a success"
Georgia Bithell (pictured below) was eventually crowned as The Max factor overall winner. Georgia who attends St. John Fisher High School performed the song ‘On My Own' from musical ‘Les Miserables'. Georgia will now perform at the Wigan Vs St.Helens Super League match in June.
Second place went to Matilda Carroll and third place went to local dance act ‘Unique'.
Daniel Dowd from Wigan & Leigh Housing added
"The success of this project is down to all of the partners working together to ensure that people from the Wigan Borough can show off their talents in a really supportive environment.
"It was great to listen to Wigan Warriors Players Greg Burke and Iain Thornley share their experiences of performing in front of thousands of people and I know that this has inspired all the children that performed on the night"
The project also included 3 evenings of auditions and 2 evenings of semi-finals with over 70 acts taking part. The range of acts included singers, guitarists, pianists, magicians, comedians, dance acts and drummers.
This project is made possible by Wigan Warriors, Wigan & Leigh Housing, Westfield Children's Centre, Golden Mile Group, Pro-Co, Wigan Youth Zone and Empire Youth Group.