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Rugby’s Got Talent is our annual local search for entertaining talented people; three rounds culminating in a dramatic live final. Each year we invite entries in the spring. 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 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 How To Enter page. Entry to the 2020 competition will be open from 1 March 2020 until 29 May 2020. After the closing date, a panel of judges will then choose 21 acts (plus reserves) to go through to round 2.
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Round 2 – Semi-finals

Each of the chosen acts will then perform at one of the 3 semi-finals, in front of a live audience and the panel.

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 up to three acts from each semi-final through to the grand final.

This year, the semi-finals will be held on the Tuesday 14 July, Wednesday 15 July and Thursday 16 July, before the final on Saturday 18 July. All four events will be full evening shows and are held in Rugby town.


Wild Cards

After all three semi-finals, the judges can, if they wish, also choose up to three further “wild cards” from the remaining acts, to go through to the final. The wild card acts will be contacted as soon as possible, but watch out because it might be at very short notice!


Round 3 – The Final

The grand final of Rugby’s Got Talent 2020 will be held on the evening of Saturday 18 July 2020 at The Benn Hall in Rugby. 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 runner up will be announced at the end of the evening…the judges are charged with selecting just two outstanding acts.

We 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 final is an event not to be missed!


The Judges

The judges for Rugby’s Got Talent 2020 include people with extensive stage, music and artistic experience. The panel may differ if a judge is unavailable but will always include a variety of experience such as music, acting, teaching, directing, marketing and production. Previous winners may be invited to judge too, giving them a chance to share their experience. Our 2020 judges will include:

Mike Folly of The Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore, who brings a wealth of community event experience and also runs the Rotary Club’s music bursary scheme.

Johanne Thomas

Johanne Thomas of Urban&Civic, with a career in marketing and communications, reflecting the importance of image and how the acts convey their persona through attitude, presentation and presence.

Amie Boyd, a highly experienced and successful musician, singer, and singing coach. She understands the reality of live performance and can balance that with brilliant technical insight.

Robert Sloan, Rugby Theatre’s Artistic Director, who is always on the lookout for expression, stage confidence and presence from our entrants.


The Rules

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