Taylorsville’s Got More Talent in 2015
Oct 14, 2015 11:31AM
● By Jessica Thompson
Mayor Russ Wall, Senate president Michael Waddoups, Senator Karen Mayne, Representative Johnny Anderson and Representative Wayne Harper opened the first ever “Taylorsville’s Got Talent” Show with an entertaining lip sync of “Taking Care of Business.”
By Jessica Thompson
Taylorsville - Who wouldn’t want to see the mayor of Taylorsville swing his hips while wearing a colorful costume? Taylorsville’s Got Talent Show is the place to watch it all happen and has been for the past four years.
Back in 2011, then-mayor Russ Wall, Senate president Michael Waddoups, Senator Karen Mayne, Representative Johnny Anderson and Representative Wayne Harper opened the first ever Taylorsville’s Got Talent Show with an entertaining lip sync of “Taking Care of Business.”
This opening act started a four-year tradition of city council members participating in this community talent show. Talents from city representatives have also included dressing up as famous monsters and lip syncing to the hit Halloween song, “The Monster Mash,” as well as council members dancing to “I’ve Been Working for the City,” written and accompanied by Councilmember Kristie Overson.
Taylorsville’s Got Talent Show gives families an opportunity to see city representatives in an exciting and cheerful way.
“It is a part of our mission statement to showcase local talented residents. This talent show opens the talent to more than just voice or dance,” Howard Wilson, Taylorsville City’s Art Council chairman, said.
Taylorsville’s Got Talent Show makes sure each performance is fun and family-oriented. Contestants for the talent show are split into three age groups: youth, ages 15 and under, junior, ages 16-25 and adult, ages 26 and older. There will be three highly-qualified judges who, after watching the performances, choose a winner from each age group.
The winners receive a cash prize of $100 for adults, $75 for the junior division and $50 for the children. These winners will also be receiving other gifts from sponsors and a chance to perform at next year’s Taylorsville Dayzz.
Last year, 14 contestants performed and the winners were: Sydney Livingston for the youth division, Amanda Mae Hancock for the junior division and both Cassey Matern and Sarah McDonald for the adult category.
“To see their beaming smiles as people perform and then as their efforts are rewarded is the fun and rewarding part for me as Taylorsville City’s Art Council chairman,” Wilson said.
Anyone who wants to be involved in this year’s talent show, can complete an application online at www.pdffiller.com/en/project/41148746.htm. A $10 application fee is also required.
“Every year the call goes out to all Taylorsville residents to showcase their talent in a different atmosphere than Taylorsville Dayzz,” Wilson said. “Taylorsville’s Got Talent is by families, for families.”
The fourth annual Taylorsville’s Got Talent Show will be held on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Taylorsville High School, 5225 South Redwood Road. Admission is $7.