Young talent took to the stage at the Bella’s Got Talent contest on Friday for a night which wowed families, friends and judges alike.
Singing for a place in the final at this year’s sold-out Belladrum festival, thirteen acts from across the Highlands and beyond battled it out to reach the final stage of the talent show.
Talent from the north included Inverness singer-songwriter Louise Barron, Elgin-based William Freeman, 13-year-old Mia Mackintosh from Inverness, Alness duo Neil and Stephanie, Thurso couple Craig and Rosie, Skye songstress Kristen Macbeth, Aberdeen band Suburban Saints and 14-year-old Maia Davis from Nairn, whose song about bullying hit a chord with the judges.
Their vocal talents left STV’s Nicola McAlley, Belladrum’s Amy Henderson and What’s On North’s Pauline Burnett with a tricky decision on which six to send to the next stage of the competition.
Three bands will now appear on the Bella’s Got Talent stage at Belladrum on Saturday, August 9th: Aberdeen band Suburban Saints, Wick band Gales and Glasgow’s Junebug. Elgin-based William Freeman, Thurso couple Craig and Rosie and Skye talent Kristen Macbeth make up the singer-songwriter offering.
"We were struck by the level of talent," said What’s On North’s Pauline Burnett. "To see such young teenagers on stage giving it their all and in many cases singing such heartfelt lyrics was particularly moving."
The event, hosted by Netsounds Unsigned’s Jamie Macdonald, was introduced by Belladrum founder Joe Gibbs, who said afterwards: "Once again the Highlands have proved they have a rich seam of talent running through them. I can’t wait to see who the judges select as this year’s winner at the festival."