The University of Wollongong has announced, ‘UOW’s Got Talent’ will return for students to showcase their talents this September.
The competition was a success last year, and the coordinators of the show hope to bring it back bigger and better this time around.
UOW music student and co-coordinator Xavier Do, 19, is hosting the show.
“I’m co-organising the whole event with Mark Lenzo, who runs the Illawarra Music Foundry,” Mr Do said.
“The contestants don’t have to be music students; they can bring whatever talent they’d like to the show. They get five minutes each to show off their talent, and at the end of the night we’ll have a judging panel, the winner will get $500.”
There will be 12 contestants performing in the show, each having the opportunity to win prizes.
“I can tell you that the second place prize is $300, and third place is $200,” Mr Do said.
There is also a special celebrity guest performance from Vietnamese-Australian author, actor, comedian, and painter, Anh Do.
UOW Music student, Sam Gordon, 18 is a hopeful contestant in the show.
“I got my band involved, we’re going to be doing a cover of Identity Theft by ‘The Chats’,” he said.
“It’s a fun song – I thought it might be a good song for this sort of audience, I reckon we’ll get a decent reaction at least.”
Mr Gordon said he was keen to win first prize.
“I think I’d put it towards saving for a new guitar that I’ve been wanting for a while, honestly it’s a bit pricey, so the prize money would really help with that,” Mr Gordon said.
Mr Do said the show is a great way for students around the University to showcase their talents, using an opportunity they may not have otherwise.
“Students who perform don’t necessarily have to be music students, so it’s a way for people who don’t get the opportunity to perform all that often to showcase their talents, as well as get all their mates together for a really good night,” Mr. Do said.
‘UOW’s Got Talent’ is set to be held at the University’s ‘UniBar’ on September 1 at 7:30 pm. All talents are welcome to participate.