The Next Big Things

Christopher Maloney is a celebrity judge

Christopher Maloney is a celebrity judge

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Now in its third year Junior Achievement’s ‘The Next Big Thing’ talent competition will see the final held at the Gaiety Theatre on Saturday, January 25.

This year’s event attracted more than 160 young applicants aged 10 to 17 and, after extensive auditions, 15 finalists have been chosen.

The winner will walk away with the title ‘The Next Big Thing 2014’, £500 in cash donated by the Steam Packet and the opportunity to open the J-FEST pop concert at the Villa Marina on February 1.

The runner-up will receive £250 in cash donated by Manx Professional and Educational Services and third place will receive £150 donated by MC Locksmith Services Ltd.

This year’s finalists are: Sarah Buss, Christopher and Amy Richardson-Hall, Ballacottier School, Melody, Marc McCabe-O’Kelly, Daniel Sheffield, Azariah Sheeley, Lauryn Anderson, Ny Fennee, Mae Challis, Anika Colligon, John Kite, Callum Davies, Hanna Dobson and Christian Cooper.

Christopher Maloney, a finalist in the X Factor 2012, wil be a celebrity judge. There will also be appearances from Gena’s Dance Academy and pop duo GTF.

Junior Achievement chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘Each year we think we have seen the best but then each year the standard of talent just gets better.

‘The Next Big Thing is one of our most ambitious productions which we couldn’t put on without the support of our volunteers and our sponsors. So a big thank you to all of them - and to our amazingly talented young finalists - for making what promises to be an outstanding evening in the year we celebrate the arts in all its diversity under the banner of Island of Culture 2014.’

Tickets start at just £10.20, including a complimentary programme and can be bought from the Villa Marina box office or online at

All money raised from this event will go towards supporting the work of Junior Achievement in the island’s schools.

For more information about Junior Achievement visit

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