Red Funnel launches 'Red Hot Talent 2010'

28-01-2010 Winner to secure coveted Bestival performance slot

Following the success of the inaugural ‘Red Hot Talent’ in 2009, Red Funnel is pleased to announce the launch of Red Hot Talent 2010. The competition, run by Red Funnel Ferries, aims to uncover the South’s hidden talent, from singers to belly dancers and everything in between. The top performers are then offered the opportunity to be paid to share their talents by entertaining ferry passengers during the summer season. The winner will also walk away with £1000 and the opportunity to perform to a festival crowd at this year’s Bestival, with £500 for second place, and £250 for third.

Red Funnel are very excited to welcome BBC Radio One DJ and Bestival curator Rob da Bank as special guest judge. Heats will take place on the Isle of Wight and in Southampton in mid-April, and with sponsors including Britvic J2O drinks, Wave 105, the Isle of Wight County Press and the Southern Daily Echo, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Entrants are invited to submit a video of their act from now until 15 March 2010, when a panel of judges will select their favourites to make it through to the public voting round, which takes place from 19 – 28 March 2010.  Those receiving the most public votes will be invited to strut their stuff at the live performance heats in mid April, with the final set to take place early May.  

Red Hot Talent has the power to catapult local performers into the spotlight, as Charley MacAuley, a 2009 semi-finalist will testify. After being spotted performing in the Red Funnel Terminal, Charley was invited to perform to thousands as support act to Anastacia at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight last August.

Rob da Bank can’t wait to get involved. “I’m always on the look out for new music and bands to support, and the South Coast is a hotbed of unearthed eccentric and otherwise musical gems so I’m well pleased we’re hooking up with Red Funnel to find a performer to represent on the Bandstand at Bestival 2010. Bring on the tunes!”

Details of how to enter the competition are available at Alternatively, entry forms can be picked up from Red Funnel terminals in Southampton, West Cowes and East Cowes, Isle of Wight.