It's approaching that time of year when Illwell begins searching for the next big talent to emerge from it's town. So far, heat one is full to the brim with six promising acts, promising acts.
Last year's competition was won by Fiona Lambert who sand Down by the Shore in The Bay as a tribute to her dad who once lived there but now has moved to Bisley. She won £62 and a chance to perform at The Cherry Tree Rest Home that, actually, didn't come to anything. However, she wowed the judges and received those memorable comments from main judge Stephen Cornwall, "You know what? That's the best rendition of that song, I think, we've ever seen on this stage. It's great to see such a well-grounded talent. You just need to change your name".
Fiona was in deed 'well-grounded' and was, until the win, working as an electrician for Gomby Products. She now goes by the name of Fifi Lambrussco and she is looking to go into the studio one day.
This years, event hopes to showcase more extra-ordinary talent and organisers have said that if they can fill Heat 2 they may well have two semi-finals and a final, rather than just one final.
The judges remain the same as last year so, along with Cornwall, it's Tracey Dim, Katrina 'Nail-Bar' Bowen and Mark Walkinson.