About RGT


RGT is our local search for entertaining, talented people; three rounds that culminate in a live final in July. The competition is part of the Rugby Festival of Culture.

Round 1 – Submissions

The first stage is the submissions round. We invite local talented acts to enter RGT in the Spring by sending our judges video or audio. This is your chance to get involved in Rugby’s best talent competition, show us what you are all about, and make that all-important first impression!

You can learn more about entering round 1 on the Who Can Enter and How To Enter pages of this website.

Entry to the competition is open until a fixed closing date. Our panel of judges will then choose a number of acts to go through to round 2.

Round 2 – Semi-finals

There will be two semi-finals; our chosen acts will perform at each in front of a live audience and our panel of judges.

The semi-final dates in July. Both events will be full evening shows starting. The dates are part of Rugby Festival of Culture and events are held in Rugby town centre.

Each act will showcase themselves on the night and our judges will use their skills, knowledge and expertise along with considering how the acts relate to and work with the audience to send a number of acts through to the grand final each time.

Round 3 – The Final

The grand final of Rugby’s Got Talent will also be held in July. Once again there will be a live audience and the show and competition will be an important part of the Rugby Festival of Culture. The venue will be in the town centre and the competition will take place in front of a large audience and of course our judging panel.

A winner and runner up will both be announced at the end of the evening.

Tickets will be on general sale for the event and we are create a “big show” feel with a professional sound and light crew, making sure that we give our performers the chance to showcase themselves properly.

The 2018 Judges

The judges for RGT 2018 included people with extensive stage, music and artistic experience. The panel is likely to differ each year.

Johanne Thomas

Johanne ThomasJohanne’s career has been spent in marketing and communications – she will be thinking about image and how the acts represent themselves and convey their persona through the various channels they have available to the audience.

“As a judge I would be looking for an act with a strong sense of what their USP is and how they convey that through their performance, as well as their attitude, presentation and presence”.

Mervyn Bethall

Mervyn BethallMervyn has overall responsibility for the organisation, running and development of Rugby Philharmonic Choir.

Since leaving Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, where he studied Music and Performing Arts (piano under the tuition of concert pianist Keith Swallow and choral music/singing under James Wilde), Mervyn has worked as Head of Music in schools, Repetiteur, Accompanist and as Musical Director in the Midlands and the North West of England.

Upon the return to his home town of Rugby, Mervyn is one of the Musical Directors at Rugby Theatre and has been directing the Rugby Philharmonic Choir since 2009.

Mervyn is also a freelance musician, pianist, accompanist, piano tutor and vocal coach. He is in great demand for his skills in the musical community of societies and soloists in Rugby and Warwickshire

Flo Bannigan

flo bannigan

From a very young age, Flo Bannigan has always wanted to sing, act and perform on stage. In her own words, “There’s nothing else I can do!”. Although she is still relatively young, she has already achieved a huge amount and is destined for a very bright future.

Some of the highlights of her career so far have included performing live with international tenor Alfie Boe at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and with Collabro (winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2014) at the London Palladium in 2017.

She secured a coveted place in the National Youth Music Theatre where she completed an 8 day UK tour of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. She then organised for herself to miss the final few weeks of year 10 at Rugby High School, to attend the 5 week Walnut Hill Summer Theatre camp in Boston, USA. As a result of these experiences, she secured a scholarship to go back to America this year to study theatre full time at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan. The course will last 2 years with previous alumni having gone on to Broadway and the West End.

Closer to home, Flo is also well known in the local area having participated in many of the amateur dramatic groups. She also has recording studio experience as well as PR, music management and artist development skills via her website angrybaby.co.uk

Flo was delighted to be asked to be a judge for Rugby’s Got Talent. “I was very keen to support such an exciting local event with the opportunity to hopefully help to encourage and inspire other performers to achieve their goals.”

Oh … and her Mum understandably describes her as “fiercely independent!!”

Amie Boyd

Amie Boyd

Amie has been performing since the age of four and has consistently shown her passion for music and performing arts over the years. She has studied dance, performing arts, recorder, drums and vocals and has a wide and varied selection of skills she can draw on.

Following the completion of her music degree at the University of Wolverhampton, where she won the Worfield Charitable Concert Trust Award for the best third year recital, Amie started to teach for Coventry Performing Arts Service and Warwickshire County Music Service (WCMS). Eventually she completed her PGCE at Birmingham City University. She then continued teaching Music Theatre for WCMS for many years.

Currently Amie is taking a break from secondary teaching to pursue her love of performing and sharing music, and teaches private singing lessons. She also continues to run independent groups including the Hillmorton Community Choir, Choral Belles and WESing.

Amie is also one half of The Belladors – a vocal/piano duo with Duncan Arrow, as well as playing sax and vocals in party band, Last Lesson. She also performs with the Arden Recorder Orchestra.

She can be found passing on her lifelong love of music to her two children too!

The Rules

There have to be rules – check out the small print.