Preview: The grand final of The Big T at Harrogate Theatre

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By Graham Chalmers

The countdown to this weekend’s final of the district’s greatest talent competition is on - and I’m one of the judges!

With the variety of acts young and old from across the district now chosen through auditions at Harrogate’s Cairn Hotel, everything is set for the glittering finale at Harrogate Theatre this Saturday.

The acts are in place, from dancers to singers, and so are the judges and the prizes - plus the audience are also voting live on the night!

The panel includes Tim Stedman, the much-loved Harrogate Theatre pantomime favourite, my good self Harrogate Advertiser arts editor Graham Chalmers, and popular Stray FM presenter, Alex Cann.

It is also hoped that a TV actress will be included, but filming schedules prevent confirmation until the last minute.

This exciting, interactive evening, will be expertly hosted by actor and presenter Chris Clarkson. Live voting from the entire audience and Grand Final judges on the night will finally reveal The Big T 2014.

Prizes include £300 cash for the winner, and £100 each for the runners-up.

There is also a scholarship worth £2,500 from ACT Academy.

For tickets, call 01423) 502116, or book online at