School's Got Talent

X Factor-style competition searching for the most Dubai's most talented athletes


Imagine a talent competition involving Cristiano Ronaldo, Jackie Chan and Michael Jackson. Take away the egos, the diva demands and the entourage and you should be left with something that looks like School’s Got Talent.

The X Factor-style competition aims to find the most talented kid at sport, and includes dancers, martial artists, gymnasts and footballers, whose sporting prowess and showmanship could make Simon Cowell weep. Think twirling karate-kicks mingled with pirouettes, backflips that lead into body-popping and footie tricks combined with jazz hands. And with Dhs20,000 up for grabs, it will be hockey sticks at dawn.

The contest has its own trio of eagle-eyed judges, covering more ground than Paula Radcliffe in their hunt for the next big sporting star. YouTube vlogger Mo Vlogs, who has a staggering 3.8million subscribers, is joined by TV and radio presenter Annah Jacob, and ex-professional footballer and ‘Victorious’ panellist, Jehad Muntasser, whose talent show credentials put him in good stead to wheedle out the next young sporting sensation.

Hopefuls aged seven to 12 years old entered the competition, organised by Sun & Sand Sports, by uploading a one-minute-long video of themselves performing their most impressive moves. Applications have now closed but you are able to watch the videos and vote for your favourite on the School’s Got Talent website. Viewers’ votes will count for 50 percent of the final result, with the other half of the vote relying on the judges – but there will be more hurdles to clear for our young athletes.

The shortlisted 25 will have to perform live in front of the judges in the semi-finals, and from there, ten acts will make it through to the final on September 15 at the Sun & Sands store in Dubai’s City Centre Mirdiff. In the wise words of Louis Walsh... actually, it doesn’t matter.

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