MORE than 400 students crammed into Richard Lander's main hall to get a glimpse at the school's best talents this week, ranging from magic acts to comedians, from singers to dance groups – the Lander's Got Talent semi-finals had arrived.
Following the auditions, judges, after great consideration, had chosen to put through 16 semi-finalists. Mr A Gell, had warned the acts: "If you haven't improved for the semis you won't make the cut, there's no standing still in this game – Kerchow."
During the semi-finals, Alfie Marshall wowed the audience with his magic, Cameron Wade got everyone laughing with his school-related jokes and The Alternatives blew the school away with their choreographic skills.
The audience were also treated to Richard Lander's resident bands, All of the Above and Charlotte's Krew, and singing performances from vocalists Izzy Wellings, Redley Flowerdew, Chloe Lovering, Lucy Slater, Chloe Firth, Beth Fuller, Year 8 double act TNT, Hannah Dobson, Tiani Weightman, the singing trio from Year 7, Little Twist, and finally, Caleb Englefield, who showed off his creative talents by combining singing and ballet.
After the semi-finals, a voting page with clips of each act were put onto Moodle (the school's virtual learning environment) and staff and students could vote for as many of their favourites as they liked. Eight acts will progress through to the final.
Chloe Lovering, of Year 8 said: "I really enjoyed it, it was a really good experience and I thought everyone did well. I am so glad I got to take part in it."
It's safe to say the acts did not disappoint, confirmed by one Year 8 spectator, Lauren Healey, who said: "I really enjoyed it, everyone was really good, it was a great thing to watch."
Special thanks to the organiser of the event, Mr Holloway, the judges and the tech team who managed the sound, lights and videoing admirably.
Keep your eyes peeled, as the live finals will be taking place on Tuesday during the school's annual summer fair, Summer Fun in the Sun.