SKC's Got Talent 2023: Eva Paton Crowned Winner

October 03, 2023 at 9:51 AM

On a stunning, sunny day, only a few things will lure a student inside for lunch. Yet, a packed-out Elliot Hall and an excited buzz of students hinted at something they couldn't miss. The last day of Term 3 and the last day of Arts Week marked the Grand Finale of SKC's Got Talent. With an eclectic mix of performances ranging from soulful singing to break dance, the student body rushed into the hall to cheer on their talented peers.

Eva Paton emerged as the shining star of the event, securing the coveted title of SKC's Got Talent Champion for 2023. Her original song, When We Were Seven, struck a chord with everyone in the audience. Inspired by a close friend's journey with mental illness, Eva channelled those emotions into a healing, powerful piece of art, truly displaying the connecting power of music.

In a close second place was the remarkably talented dancer Austin Wong. Despite being the youngest finalist, his performance to Imagine Dragons' Believer left the audience in awe. Austin's dynamic dance moves lit up the stage and had everyone engaged.

Taking the third spot on the podium was Nathan Dick, who transported the audience to the grandeur of New York City with his rendition of Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. Nathan's velvety voice and charismatic stage presence demonstrated his passion for performance and entertainment.

The event also featured outstanding acts by other talented finalists, including Amelia Evangelidakis' soulful rendition of Billie Eilish's When the Party's Over, Abby Walmsley's emotionally charged contemporary dance, and Manawa Rogers' impressive performance of Alicia Keyes' If I Ain't Got You.

As the judges – Mr Damon Emtage, Mr Duncan McQueen, and previous-winner-turned-English-teacher Miss Brodie-Ann MacDonald – deliberated on this year's champion, Year 13 dancers Zoe Nel and Ethan Li took to the stage with their self-choreographed performance, Reconstruction. Their dance conveyed a message of hope and the possibility of rebuilding fractured connections.

In a final moment of suspense, the judges returned to the stage to announce the results, highlighting the incredible talent on display throughout the competition. Thank you to the participants, judges, and students involved in the organisation and running of the event; what a way to cap off Arts Week.

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