Alter Ego show took place at Hackney Empire on Friday, which was the final of a competition, where nine acts performed and competed for the winning price of being professionally mentored and gaining the chance to perform throughout the year of 2013.
Hosted by MTV Base’s Kat B, the competition was judged by comedian and presenter Hardeep Singh, Susie Mckenna, 1Xtra’s Twin B, and actress Sharon D Clarke.
The contestants consisted of singers, dancers and rappers with the audience also getting the chance to choose who won with a text-vote.
And to keep the young audience entertained, special performers were also part of the line up in the form of Mimbre dancers, Krept and Konan and Paigey Cakey who also suprised the audience by bringing out Lady Leshurr.
This year’s winner was 17-year-old Emily Numutoako who sang Dangerously in Love by her greatest Beyonce and was so taken by her win that she forgot what her prize was!
Telling me that she only saw singing as a hobby, she was very surprised to win especially considering that she auditioned only two days before the initial broadcast of the competition.
The second runners-up position was taken by two acts; dancers Ebonessence (who had once auditioned for Sky 1’s Got to Dance) and 15-year-old singer Dominique Olivia who sang Real Love by Mary J Blige. Their prizes were signed portfolio packages to kick start their career in their chosen industries.
The first runner-up was 14-year-old Nadia Haloua, a bubbly singer who sang a confident rendition of Rihanna’s Diamonds whilst strutting around on stage, who told me that performing gave her a buzz on stage and singing was her life. Her prize was a scholarship to a performing arts school.
This was the second year of the competition, open to young people of Hackney aged 13 to 21, which aims to allow young people to showcase their talents as well as learn new skills or try something new.
And along with their guest performers and famous presenters, it proved to be a good evening for not only the contestants, but also the youth of Hackney.