About

Rugby’s Got Talent is our annual local search for entertaining talented people.

Three rounds will culminate in a dramatic live final at The BENN Hall in Rugby. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch with what’s happening.


Round 1 – Submissions

The first stage is the submissions round. Any local talented acts (is that you?!) can enter Rugby’s Got Talent by sending our judges video or audio. This is your chance to get involved in the region’s biggest and best talent competition, show us what you are all about, and make that all-important first impression!

You can learn more about entering on the How To Enter page.

After the closing date, a panel of judges will then choose the acts (plus possible reserves) to go through to round 2 where the live performances begin.

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Round 2 – Live 2023 Semi-finals

Each of the chosen acts will then perform at one of the 2 semi-finals, in front of a live audience and the judging panel.

We will provide a great sound, light and stage experience for our participants at The BENN Hall.

The acts 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 three or four acts from each semi-final through to the grand final.

The semi-finals will be full evening shows.

The all important dates are Wednesday July 12th, and Thursday July 13th 2023.


Wild Cards

After the semi-finals, the judges can, if they wish, also choose two further “wild cards” from the remaining acts, to go through to the final to make up a total of 8 finalists. But watch out, and be prepared, because it will be at short notice!

Wild cards will be announced a few days before the final, at an RGT participants party and open mic night.


Round 3 – The 2023 Grand Final

The grand final of Rugby’s Got Talent 2023 will be held at The BENN Hall in Rugby on Thursday 20th July. The auditorium is always packed and the show and competition is “full-on”. The venue offers a wonderful stage, sound and lighting experience and once again the performances will take place in front of our expert judging panel.

The winner and two runners-up will be announced at the end of the evening … the judges are charged with the tough job of selecting just three outstanding acts.

We create the big show feel with a professional compere, lighting, sound and stage crew, making sure that we give our performers the chance to showcase themselves properly and enjoy the whole experience. The final is truly an established local entertainment highlight and an event not to be missed!


The Judges

The judges for Rugby’s Got Talent 2023 are people with extensive music and artistic experience; say hello to …

Kieran Taylour

Kieran is a Rugby born Country Singer/Songwriter who performs his own music nationally. He is also a previous winner of Rugby’s Got Talent.

After winning back in 2018, Kieran has continued to push his passion and build a successful status within the industry ranging from radio play to festival slots and chart placements.

Kieran has also had the privilege of working with many great people since his win including Michael Buble, Hugh Jackman, members of Clean Bandit and much more.

Amie Boyd

Amie has been performing since the age of four having studied dance, performing arts, recorder, drums and vocals. After completing her music degree she taught for Coventry Performing Arts Service and Warwickshire County Music Service (WCMS) as well as completing her PGCE.

Amie is very active on the local music scene running independent groups including the Hillmorton Community Choir, Choral Belles and WESing as well as performing in various bands and other groups.

Mike Folly

Mike is a big supporter of music development in Rugby. Taking leading roles in Rugby’s Got Talent, the Rugby Music Festival and being Chairman of the Rugby Rotary Music Bursary.

Before retiring Mike ran many corporate events all over the country with many personalities from various types of entertainment. His passion is seeing young performers grow in stature and prowess, and he delights in being involved with the other members of the team that creates these opportunities.

Paula Cannon

Paula

Paula comes from a musical background and was in her first family band at the tender age of 14. She has auditioned numerous times and knows how it feels to be judged and to perform on stages of all sizes.

Paula has toured all over the UK and Ireland in various bands over the years in many different genres from pop to blues.

Multitalented and creative, Paula is also a fashion designer and local entrepreneur who has her own business in Rugby, Pen to Peg Ltd, designing uniforms for brands all over the World.


The Rules

There have to be rules, so check out the small print before you enter!