Local children’s charity Charlie House has began its search for local talent as it launches The BIG Sunday Showcase, a virtual variety show which will be screened into the homes of the North-east.

The BIG Sunday Showcase will take place on Sunday 2nd August and will shine a light on the best hidden talent in the North-east. The event is open to all ages, abilities and skills and the charity is asking for video submissions to enable them to whittle down the top talent to result in finalists being showcased during the evening event.

A judging panel will review all of the submissions and draw up a shortlist of 12 finalists, all of whom will be showcased on the night. It is then down to the viewing public to vote via an online poll during the evening, hosted by Mr Steven J Innes, to decide on the overall winner who will walk away with The BIG Sunday Showcase trophy and a whole host of prizes including a radio station visit to Original 106FM, restaurant and food vouchers and other goodies.

People interested in entering the contest are being asked to submit a short video clip, no longer than 5 minutes showcasing their talent. Video clips should be sent to showcase@charliehouse.org.uk accompanied with an application form which can be downloaded from the Charlie House events section of their website: https://www.charliehouse.org.uk/events/the-big-sunday-showcase/ The events link also features handy hints and tips for recording and submitting your video, courtesy of Elliot Hornell of Reach Video.

Susan Crighton, director of fundraising for Charlie House, says, “We wanted to bring some fun into everyone’s homes during what has been a really challenging time for everyone. The BIG Sunday Showcase will be a family event where everyone can gather together, vote and decide on their winner as they view video clips of the finalists. We are looking for everything from singers to dancers to jugglers to musicians, think Britain’s Got Talent….but better! We hope that everyone enjoys a Sunday evening of good old-fashioned fun and also feel good in knowing that all of the ticket cost will enable us to continue to fund our services now and, in the future, to enable us to continue to support local families.”

Sharleen Giuntoli, Charlie House volunteer and events and engagement manager at the OGTC, says “During this pandemic, maintaining a sense of inclusion and community is fundamental to our happiness and survival. I wanted to lend a hand and support my local community in the best way I could. As an event manager, the idea to host a virtual variety show event was born. Charlie House is a valued and essential lifeline to so many families. I am thrilled to volunteer alongside their talented team to broadcast this showcase into the homes of so many, bringing us closer together whilst still apart.”

Applications close on Monday, July 20 at midnight. Visit https://www.charliehouse.org.uk/events/the-big-sunday-showcase/ for full information, an application form and the submissions process.