Hit boyband 911 are to take centre stage at the Capital’s annual search for a star, Edinburgh’s Got Talent.
The Edinburgh Evening News, in association with 97.3 Forth One, will welcome the recently reformed group to the live final at the Festival Theatre later this year.
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Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Simon “Spike” Dawbarn, who scored their first top ten hit in 1996, are set to release their new single, 2 Hearts 1 Love, and the album Illuminate – The Hits and More, on September 8.
This year saw 911 play a 16-date sell-out UK Arena tour and the band will be back on the road later this year for The Reunion Christmas Party Tour.
One of the Nineties’ most popular groups, 911 were one of only five music acts to score ten consecutive top-ten hits in the decade and the band enjoyed success with hits A Little Bit More and More Than a Woman.
A spokesman for the group said: “We are delighted to support the competition and hopefully our success story will inspire the rising stars of Edinburgh.
“Scottish audiences never let us down and Edinburgh’s Got Talent at the Festival Theatre will be a rocking night!”
Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to anyone aged 12 or over from Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife. The winner will receive £1000 in prize money and the chance to perform at the glittering Radio Forth Awards.
Last year, 15-year-old Rebecca Traynor was crowned winner with a powerful performance of Katherine Jenkins’ hit Bring Me To Life.
Held for the first time at the Festival Theatre, Rebecca came out on top in the talent contest’s first all-female final.
As part of her prize, the teenager performed at the star-studded Radio Forth Awards at the Usher Hall alongside Olly Murs, Stereophonics and The View.
This year’s talent contest will be launched in the Evening News next week.
Producer and judge Deborah Welsh said: “Edinburgh’s Got Talent is growing and growing. We’ve had the privilege of some wonderful acts on the show, both in contestants and guest professionals, and we are especially thrilled to have 911 this year.”
Packed year for winner Rebecca
Since former Musselburgh Grammar pupil Rebecca Traynor won Edinburgh’s Got Talent, the now 16-year-old has been inundated with requests for performances.
Proud mum Karen said: “It’s been an amazing year for Rebecca. She won Hamilton’s Got Talent, the Esk Factor in Musselburgh and Young Musician of the Year for the Musselburgh Rotary Club. She’s also been doing a lot of stuff for charity.”