February 11, 2013
With The Next Big Thing in full swing after last week’s thrilling first heat, we thought it might be a good time to talk about talent shows in general, more specifically – the acts that have come out of them. Whatever your thoughts on TV talent competitions, they’ve arguably produced some of the best corporate event acts of the last few years and we regularly book acts that have graduated from shows such as Britain’s got Talent, X-Factor and more.
Here are 5 great acts who’ve gone on to make it big in the events industry after appearing on TV Talent Shows. We’ve avoided former X-Factor Contestants because there’s frankly too many to mention, but check out some other great picks.
Gymnastics troupe Spelbound won the hearts of the judges and the public on the fourth series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2010 with their performance set to Carl Orf’s ‘Oh Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana. The group went on to perform at the Royal Variety show and won countless individual and pairs medals in the Gymnastics World Championships. Events planners looking for a breathtaking after dinner stage show need look no further than Spelbound’s astonishing act which mixes dance with gymnastics to create something truly unique.
Take a look at Spelbound in action here.
Since finishing runner up in BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance in 2010, the Swedish born contemporary dancer has gone on to receive rave reviews for his performances in Some Like it Hip Hop and the Rodin Project for which he won the Dancers Pro Award for Outstanding Modern Performance (Male) at the National Dance Awards. Tommy’s amazing flexibility and range allows him to combine elements of Hip Hop, Breaking and even Rock Climbing into his performances. Check out our review of the Rodin Project and a quick Q&A with Tommy.
Take a look at Tommy's Showreel video here
Real Life Glee Club ToneAcity first caught the public’s attention during the live heats of Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing, specialising in high energy ‘mash ups’ of popular songs. Since their appearance on the show, we’ve worked extensively with ToneAcity to create everything from Flashmobs to West End tribute shows. We’ve dressed them up as nuns for a Sound of Music themed corporate event and turned the male members of the group into Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons for a Jersey Boys show at a corporate event – all with reliably great results.
See some clips from ToneAcity's appearance on Don't Stop Believing here
The keen eyed among you will notice that the Digital Graffiti Wall is not a person or group of people like the previous entertainment options on this list, but it did feature in a TV talent show of sorts. Creators Tom Hogan and Tim Williams first made waves with the idea of the Graffiti wall on BBC One’s Dragon’s Den, securing the investments of Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones. The wall offers guests the opportunity to create their own pieces of digital artwork, allowing for onsite printing as well as the ability to post images online or email them to clients.
Check out the Digital Graffiti wall on Dragon's Den here
Romany Diva of Magic
Though they may have talked tough, Penn and Teller were honest enough to admit when they’d been bamboozled by a magician on ITV’s Fool Us and a number of great magicians earned their place supporting the duo in Vegas. Plenty of Sternberg Clarke favourites appeared on the show including Ben Earl, Lee Hathaway and Damien O’Brien. But if we absolutely had to pick favourites, Romany Diva of Magic’s cheeky and hilarious ‘Tunnel of Love’ trick was one of the highlights of the show – we liked it so much, we included a variation of it in our Magic Showcase.
Check out a video of Romany's Tunnel of Love Trick here
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