Record entries for Ipswich Has Got Talent

Last year's finalists in the Ipswich Has Got Talent show

Last year's finalists in the Ipswich Has Got Talent show - Credit: Su Anderson

People from across Ipswich are proving that the town has got a flair for music, singing and dancing, as the Ipswich Has Got Talent competition has attracted a record number of entries.

The Just Jay dancers rehearse for Ipswich Has Got Talent show 2014

The Just Jay dancers rehearse for Ipswich Has Got Talent show 2014 - Credit: Su Anderson

The competition – which launched after the success of ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent – last year saw 30 entrants. But for the 2015 showpiece, more than double that number of acts across a range of disciplines have applied.

Last year’s competition was won by the dance troupe Just Jay Dance, who have gone on to have success across the county.

The dance group were approached by the Britain’s Got Talent scouting team to audition for the national programme, as well as performing across Suffolk and East Anglia over the last 12 months.

Now enthusiastic hopefuls will be hoping to prove they have what it takes to follow in the group’s footsteps.

Saxophonist Jack Bryanton rehearses for Ipswich Has Got Talent show last year

Saxophonist Jack Bryanton rehearses for Ipswich Has Got Talent show last year - Credit: Su Anderson

Jay Austin, of Just Jay Dance, said: “It was an amazing opportunity [to perform at the Ipswich Regent for the final].

“The children that I teach were able to come and, hopefully, got the inspiration to perform.

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“Being the first dance troupe to win meant so much as well and Ipswich Has Got Talent gave us the buzz to carry on doing what we do best and planning for our own show.”

The final of the popular competition will once again take place at the Regent, on November 13.

For tickets, see the Regent website or call 01473 433100.