A little girl with a very big voice and a smile to match has been named the winner of Crawley’s Got Talent.
Eve Ozmen, 7, drew gasps of amazement from a packed Hawth theatre on Saturday (May 18) when she delivered a haunting rendition of Pie Jesu, from Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Requiem.
The tiny opera singer may have been the winner but the evening was full of stars as the young and old of Crawley showed why the town deserves its own talent show.
Second place went to the Pound Hill Ballroom Dance Club, whose monstrously impressive routine, coupled with suitably ghoulish make-up took the audience on a musical romp through all things macabre.
Third place went to The Magic Mod – known to his friends as Ben Taylor – whose banter with the audience and skilful sleight of hand had the judges enthralled.
From the older generation there was Marcel Lascaut, a 92-year-old pianist from Gossops Green, and the irrepressible George Phillips, 91, of Northgate, with his hilarious variety act.
But it was the younger generation who really caught the imagination of the theatre.
Danielle Davis and Zack Godden, 16, both demonstrated powerful voices which belied their tender years, while Keith B Rwetuuma, Leah Sheridan, Melisa Ste Marie, Taliah Kite, The SD Brothers and Nicole Clements were all excellent.
But it wasn’t all about singing – there were some impressive dance routines as well.
SA Academy, from Tilgate, made it to the final six with a breath-taking routine, while Game Over, part of Northgate’s X-treme Beatz Dance Team, the UdanceUK duo, from Tilgate, Amy Pickup, of Northgate, and pole dancer Paula Bines proved the town is not short of talented performers.
But in the end, it was all about Eve, who promised to share her £500 prize money with her little sister, Isla.
Parents Mark and Alexis, of Worth, were bursting with pride and Alexis said: “I think we’re all still a bit in shock – it’s a bit surreal. She worked so hard and was so desperate for people to hear her sing.
“We were absolutely astounded by the professionalism of the whole show. It just made it such a pleasure to be involved.”