The search is on for Hackney’s freshest young talent

1 January 2013

Represent Hackney to the fullest at the biggest talent show of the year.

Calling all talent! We are looking for Hackney’s best up and coming stars to take centre stage at Discover Young Hackney’s Alter Ego competition.

Last spring, twelve contenders brought their moves, tunes, jokes and even magic tricks to the stage before a star-studded panel of judges to claim their place as Hackney’s top talent. The winner, Tolu Okamnlawon entered the competition as a dancer but it was his sizzling stage presence and contagious energy that won almost every audience member over to his cheeky charm.

On top of being crowned Hackney’s number one bright young thing, Tolu received professional industry mentoring and was fast-tracked into the Hackney Empire’s variety show, Live @ The Empire.

Now, a year on, it’s that time again. We are on the quest to find the next Tolu, so if you’re aged 13 to 21 and you dream of seeing your name in lights, we want you to be a part of it.

In February 2013 you could be live on stage at the Hackney Empire performing in front of a thousand people with a chance of being crowned Alter Ego 2013 champion.

So potential stars, if you’re from Hackney and you have skills in singing, dancing, rapping, stand-up comedy or any secret talent, book your audition slot now. Places are in high demand so don’t delay, you won’t be able to just rock up on the day. Get in touch, and be sure to start following us on Twitter and get the online community buzzing about your audition.

Email or call 02085104396 to reserve a slot.

Auditions take place on Saturday 12th January 2013.

If auditions aren’t your thing, send your videos to:

Hold Hackney down and let’s get this show on the road!


Tolu Okamnlawon

Last year’s winner, Tolu Okamnlawon gets the audience moving