A new star to be born
TALENTED performers have until tomorrow to enter the annual A Star is Born competition as part of Ipswich Central's Turning on the Lights and Santa's arrival in the Ipswich Mall.
This year a revamped program of events for the festive season will be officially launched on Thursday November 17.
Ipswich Events Corporation chairman Paul Casos said a mix of family favourites and exciting new attractions would bring a smile to all ages.
"For the first time this year two winners from A Star is Born will be invited to perform in front of an expected capacity crowd of 10,000 during the annual Mayor's Carols by Candlelight at Ipswich Turf Club," Mr Casos said.
"I'm encouraging everyone to be in the Ipswich Mall on the evening of November 17 to be surprised and entertained by a strong line-up of local talent.
"Two categories - up to 14 years and 15 years and older - will guarantee a wide variety of performances on the rotunda stage. A Star is Born will be followed by Santa's arrival and turning on the Christmas lights by Mayor Paul Pisasale."
Last year's winner, Mali Talefenua, now 18, said his experience had given him more confidence in his singing ability.
"Every performance makes me stronger," he said. "When I entered the competition I had been singing for eight years, but have been performing for 10 years.
"For anyone considering participating, and you love singing and performing, just go for it.
"It's a great experience and a way to give back to the community and do what you love. And it is a great stepping stone to getting people to know your name."
Mr Talefenua, who is studying a Diploma of Music at TAFE, said being on The X-Factor had been a highlight.
Mr Casos thanked this year's sponsors - Network Ten, Harvey Norman Ipswich and The Queensland Times.
A Star Is Born will kick off from 5.45pm at the rotunda in the Ipswich Mall.
To enter call Ipswich Events on 3812 2974.