NGT 2010

Newham’s Got Talent 2010 was the second of its kind in as many years and didn’t disappoint. Like it’s national counterpart (Britain’s Got Talent for those living under a rock) there was a decent selection of both fantastic and fairly dire performances.

Before I get a barrage of angry emails or -  as is more likely in a borough such as ours, a flurry of eggs meeting their end on the front door of the Swift Centre – I should note that opinions here are solely the author’s and in no way reflect that of the organisation. So to that terrible rapper who pretended to drive a car on stage. I don’t care. In an area of London known for producing such greats as Plan B, Tinchy Strider and Billy Mitchell from Eastenders, that was the most uninspiring, clichéd piece of ‘rap’ I’d seen in my life; and I’ve watched my fair share of teenage MySpace videos.

For the first time this year £100 was on offer for the winner, and with the winner judged on such criteria as creativity, originality, stage presence and flair, it perhaps should come as no surprise that I can’t remember who he was. But I do remember that he was an incredibly talented beat boxer. He even did that thing where you beat box and sing a tune at the same time. Nuts.

The Swift’s very own Grace Akurut came close to the prize with a dance thingymajig, complete with plenty of customary east London bum wiggling. There was one other dance act, two singing acts and another rapper. I’ll be honest, again I wasn’t massively impressed with the rapper, but as I can’t remember the performance I’ll leave it at that. The singers were actually very good and the other dancer was incredibly flexible. When the video of this event surfaces I’ll be able to identify them.

Performances were interspersed with an ongoing sketch courtesy of Swift Drama, which was a real highlight of the evening. It followed the travails of a group of youngsters in typical Newham and had it all: drink, drugs, teenage pregnancy, love stories and scandals…and it was hilarious. Look out for the video coming soon.

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