Judges lined up for Langley Has Talent finale

Top act will claim $2,500 prize following April 30 contest

Now that the top 15 acts have been chosen in the first annual Langley Has Talent competition, it’s up to the judges to decide who will walk (or dance) away with the top prize of $2,500 in cash and the industry related prize package of his or her choice.

The contest finalists, a selection of solo singers, bands and dance acts, selected by a panel of judges and audience ballot following the April 16 semifinal show at Christian Life Assembly, return to the stage this Saturday.

This time, their fate is squarely in the hands of the three judges.

Returning judge Lissa Lloyd of Lloyd Talent will be joined by two newcomers to the panel — former DJ and current Langley City mayor, Peter Fassbender and singer Susan Jacks.

Best remembered as a member of the successful Vancouver band, The Poppy Family, Jacks had a number of hit singles in the 1970s, both as part of the group and as a solo artist.

She is also the proud owner of a healthy kidney which was donated to her in 2010 by her brother Billy, who  Susan made famous in song (Which Way You Goin’ Billy) more than 40 years ago.

While the judges weigh their decision, the audience will be treated to a performance by local country star Aaron Pritchett as well as the family friendly comedic stylings of Cliff Prang.

Once again, JRfm’s Bob Saye will emcee the show.

In addition to the $2,500 cash prize, the first place winner will have first pick of a trio of prize packs, including recording time at Blue Frog Studios and a video produced by Shaw Cable; one year of promotion by Suzanne Zelmer Productions, a local talent agency which focuses on dance; or one year of consulting services with Lissa Lloyd’s talent agency and a photo shoot (including professional make up) by Visionberry.

Second and third place contestants will each receive $250 in cash and one of the three industry packages.

Tickets are $20 each, and are available at the Langley Times office, 20258 Fraser Hwy., between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.