The finals of the talent competition: the Wessex Factor took place at Barton Peveril College on the 13th January.

Acts and talented individuals came from all over the community to show off their performances, with high hopes of performing at the Mayflower Theatre for Wessex Heartbeat's 2019 Variety Show. The heats beforehand, managed to ensure that the talent on offer was of the very best in Hampshire and Dorset.

The talent was so impressive, that rather than take the initially planned two acts, the judges decided that there were three that had to go on to perform at the biggest theatre in the South.

These winners were:

  • Overall winner - Bouenemouth-based street dance studio Beat
  • Runner up - Winchester dance group Endeavour
  • Runner up - Singer Emma Marshall, who is from Southampton and studies at Chichester University

All three will go on to perform at the Mayflower, alongside stars such as Kerry Ellis and Gareth Oliver.

“I can’t wait to see them at Mayflower Theatre. I am so excited to perform at the Mayflower it’s going to be the biggest audience I have ever performed in-front of and it’s an absolute dream come true!” - Emma Marshall, Wessex Factor Finalist

The Wessex Factor was a competition run by Wessex Heartbeat to find a performer to join the line-up for its annual Variety Show at the Mayflower Theatre. More than 300 performers entered and were whittled down to 11 finalist acts through a series of heats. The finals were held at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh on Sunday in front of a live audience and panel of industry judges; hosted by none other than Malc Eyers, lead singer of Strapped for Cash.

“There aren’t really enough words to explain how excited Endeavour are about winning a spot to perform at Mayflower Theatre. They have loved every step of their journey with Wessex Heartbeat, from having the opportunity to perform with so many other talented people to spending time together as a team all whilst being able to support an amazing cause.” - Zoe Price-Harper, who runs Endeavour.

If you want to buy tickets for the show, you can do so from the Mayflower Theatre Box Office, or phone 023 8071 1811.

Written in conjunction with Laura Downton of Lee Peck Media.