About RGT


RGT 2019 is our search for entertaining, talented people; three rounds culminating in a live final on Saturday 13 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 (is that you?!) to enter RGT right now 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 midnight on 09 June 2019. Our panel of judges will then choose 24 acts to go through to round 2.

Round 2 – Semi-finals

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

The semi-finals will be on 09, 10 and 11 July 2019 – that’s the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the final on the Saturday. All three events will be full evening shows starting at 18:30. The dates are part of Rugby Festival of Culture and all of the 2019 events will be held at Rugby Theatre.

Each act will showcase themselves on the night and our judges will use their skills, knowledge and expertise (along with looking at how acts relate to and work with the audience) to send two acts through to the grand final each time.

Wild Cards

After all three semi-finals, the judges will also choose two further “wild cards” from the remaining 18 acts, to go through to the final. The wild card acts will be contacted on the Friday morning.

Round 3 – The Final

The grand final of Rugby’s Got Talent will also be held on Saturday 13 July 2019 at Rugby Theatre. 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 offers a full-on stage, sound and lighting experience and the competition will take place in front of a large audience, plus of course our judging panel.

The winner and one runner up will both be announced at the end of the evening. This year, there will be no draws … the judges are charged with selecting just two outstanding acts.

We are create the big show feel with a professional sound and light crew, making sure that we give our performers the chance to showcase themselves properly and enjoy the whole experience.

The 2019 Judges

The judges for RGT 2019 include people with extensive stage, music and artistic experience. The panel is likely to differ each year.

Mike Folly (Chair)

Chairing the judging panel is Mr Mike Folly of The Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore. Mike’s job is primarily to ensure fair play with the panel, but he also has a casting vote in the event of things being too close to call! Mike brings a wealth of community event experience and also runs the Rotary Club’s music bursary scheme.

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.

Mervyn is one of the Musical Directors at Rugby Theatre and has been directing the Rugby Philharmonic Choir since 2009. He is also a freelance musician, pianist, accompanist, piano tutor and vocal coach in great demand with the musical communities of Rugby and Warwickshire

Third panelist to be announced

Details coming soon …

Fourth panelist to be announced

Details coming soon …

The Rules

There have to be rules, so check out the small print.