Church aims for second season

2018-12-11 06:00

Following the success of a talent show that exhibited parishioners’ hidden talents, organisers are eyeing a second season. St Agnes Catholic Church in Woodstock launched “Churches Got Talent” in February.

Auditions took place in March and contestants moved on to the semi-finals in April and fought to secure a place in the grand finale, which saw 15 contestants fight it out for a total prize of R25 000 (R15 000 for themselves and R10 000 for their church) on Sunday 3 June.

It was the first competition of its kind to be hosted by a Catholic church in the city and featured both young and old competitors.

Founder Octavio Henriques says the idea was inspired by the impact the Idols show has on young people, affording them an opportunity to show off their abilities with an opportunity for growth. Henriques says their aim was to unite the Catholic parishes and find talents within their church.

He says that after hearing the remarks from church members about television talent shows, he wanted to offer them a similar platform. “The Catholic Church is a big church with many young talents we do not even know of. All these years we have limited ourselves to being members of the choir. There could be rappers, dancers and poets we do not even know of,” he says.

Having evaluated and looked back at Churches Got Talent and how successful it was in its first season, organisers are considering a second season. Henriques says launching a second season depends on the availability of sponsorship. He says lack of sponsorship was one of the challenges they faced in the first season.“So it was tough to pay the many expenses that came with organising the very first show as many posters and items needed to be branded and every show needed to be accompanied with great sound which costs a lot,” he says in a statement.

He adds that the biggest challenge was the fact that prize money was dependent on ticket sales.

V For more information call Carolina on 076 022 7740, Octavio on 076 460 0360 or email churchesgottalen­


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