The Valley’s Got more than enough Talent

SUNBURY — The Sunbury River Festival is just around the corner, and The Valley better be ready for some talent.  Bill Mackey, Chairperson of The Valley’s Got Talent competition, said following the preliminary round of tryouts last week, he is excited for the finals.


“I think it’ll be a very nice show.  There is going to be a bit of variety.  We have a dance troupe, we have a couple of instrumentalists.  We have a few people with original songs they have written.  So, I think it is going to be a very nice cross section,” Mackey said. “It should be a real nice show again this year.”


Mackey said there were 45 entrants in the preliminary rounds last week, and only 16 could continue through.  He said he and the judges had a tough time narrowing the number, but they stuck true to a few guidelines..


“We look for a few things, like was the performance dull or was it extremely impressive?  Would it appeal to a large crowd?  Did they have a good stage presence?  Some of the people that come have great voices, but that’s not the issue.  The voices can be good, but they just stand there and sing sometimes, but they don’t put a lot of emotion into their song,” Mackey said.  “We look for stage presence.  People who seem to be confident in their presentation.”


You will have your chance to watch the 16 finalists perform at The Valley’s Got Talent during Sunbury River Festival on Thursday August 15 at 7:00p.m. at the Shikellamy High School auditorium.  Shawn Carey of 94KX will be a judge at the  final competition.  You can find more information at  (Codi Jade)




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