[Shelby Loasby | Print Editor]
Thursday, March 5th, saw the Herts SU Mixed Bag Society hosting their very own Herts’ Got Talent night in the Comet Room at de Havilland campus. Over 135 people took part, showcasing their own societies’ talents and showing the large audience of students, friends and family what the university has to offer.
Tinith Pitakandage, chairperson of the Mixed Bag Society, explained that they started organising the event after re-freshers fair, and “were hoping to bring societies together and make a platform for students to show their talents in every form, and not in any competitive manner.” He also said,
“We wanted to give all our fellow societies an opportunity to promote themselves and gain recognition for their talents.”
Current elected officers, President Gurpreet Singh, and Vice President of Student Activities, Bella Colafrancesco, were the Judges alongside Student Advice and Support Manager, Anwar Azari. After each six acts, the judges revealed their thoughts and comments, leading up to the finale where the winner was announced.
The judges | Lam Lam
The night kicked off with a buffet of asian foods in the Atrium, ranging from noodles and rice to curries and unusually green desserts. The Society wanted to cater food from different countries and ordered through various outlets included Sambol Express, Asher & Debby foods and Chinese caterer in Hatfield. The food was a success, and whilst some people had their heads blown off by the spice, they thoroughly enjoyed trying new things. Once everyone had finished eating, they walked over to the Comet Room. Whilst this seemed like ‘effort’ at the time, it meant that people could work off the food they just consumed.
The talent show began around 8pm with UnionTV Director, Matt Creasey (#MattCreaseyUnionTV), presenting. After an introductory promotion video from the Mixed Bag Society, the first act, The Musicians’ Society, took to the stage. They performed their own compositions of ‘Chariots of Fire’ and the James Bond theme. Conductor and Chairman of the society, Liam Richards, even brought along a martini glass and a toy gun to complete the look. The Musicians’ Society performed again later on in the night, showing off their talents. They played the Star Wars and Mario theme tunes, appealing to all different members of the audience. Judges described the Society as professional and of a high standard. Colafrancesco went on to say that they looked like a “fantastic society to be a part of.”
Matt Creasey | Lam Lam
The next act was the Salsa Society. Full of energy and talent, the large dance group completed their well choreographed routine to some fantastic Salsa music. Azari commented that the society were “hard workers, passionate and on point.”
Salsa Society | Ariana Byrant
Next up was singer, Nikhil Samuel. He performed some operatic songs, including a number from Les Misérables. Samuel’s impressive voice filled the room and even sent shivers down Colafransesco’s spine. Unfortunately, the foam letters that spelt out ‘Herts’ Got Talent’ that were attached to a curtain on the stage, began falling off during Samuel’s performance – he carried on professionally, however, as a malfunction like that is always at risk of happening.
Nikhil Samuel | Lam Lam
The next two acts were the Malayali Society and singer, Rushini Godakanda. The Malayali Society gave an energetic dance performance, giving the audience a taste of their culture, whilst Godakanda performed a native song. Whilst slightly nervous at the beginning she soon grew in confidence and produced an elegant performance. The judges were impressed by the effort and organisation that had gone into both acts.
Rushini Godakanda | Lam Lam
After a short break, the next act were up; the K-POP dance group. They put on an entertaining performance, showing the audience just how hard they had worked.
Kpop | Lam Lam
The Ukulele Society followed with their rendition of Keane’s “Somewhere only we know.” Each member played their own ukeles, whilst one of them sang. It was a flawless and relaxing performance, showing the hard work and dedication that each member puts in.