The occasion was ‘Eyemouth’s Got Talent’, one of the shining lights in the town’s Herring Queen programme.
And while Simon was absent, his friend and fellow ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ panellist David Walliams, or Jim Barrie to his nearest and dearest, was at the judge’s table alongside the colourful Hannah, complete in glam rock garb.
The two had the task of giving their feedback on an eclectic mix of performances which started with something different and definitely unexpected.
The stage was set for the first act with a mini-fridge sat upon a table, but all became clear when Melissa and Hugh began their song- a spoof of Lorde’s number one single ‘Royals’ called ‘Foil’, which they’d spotted on Youtube.
It was a brave move, deciding to perform something that the majority of the audience weren’t familiar with, but they certainly raised a few smiles and received praise from the judges for their creativity and acting skills.
There was no singing to be done from the second act of the evening, Alex, instead he impressed on his acoustic guitar with a rendition of Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, which just happens to be one of Herring Queen Ailsa Landel’s favourite songs.
Third act Alisha also went down the rocky route. Dressed in a flowery summer dress I was expecting her to do a pop song so I was shocked but mightily impressed with her confident delivery of Imagine Dragon’s ‘Radioactive’.
The fourth turn of the night gave the audience something very different indeed. Although decked out in their Tae Kwon Do uniforms, Kaylin and Evie looked like two dainty little girls but certainly packed a punch when showcasing some of their best moves to ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
Although she was just on holiday in the town, six year old Alanah certainly made a lasting impression with her take on ‘Naughty’ from hit musical ‘Matilda’.
With diction and presence well beyond her years, Alanah received well deserved praise from the judges.
After answering a few questions from the panel, Herring Queen Ailsa and her maids were gently persuaded to give an impromptu rendition of 5 Seconds of Summer’s recent hit single ‘Don’t Stop’ before Marc took things down a notch with a well received version of Foo Fighter’s ‘Everlong’ on his guitar.
Half time act Tillie, who’s performed all over the world at venues such as Disneyland Paris, wowed with powerful takes on ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ from ‘Grease’ and Queen’s Somebody to Love’ and she paved the way for some great singers in the second half.
Twelve year old Miren gave a laid back yet assured performance of man of the moment Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’; Hal impressed with Colbie Caillat’s ‘Bubbly’ and eight year old Olivia sang ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s hit film ‘Frozen’.
Although there were no actual winners crowned on the night, for me the stand out performance was Hannah’s ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ which was packed with Broadway pazazz.
And she was followed by Cara, one of the stars of last year’s ‘Eyemouth’s Got Talent’, who once again showed her potential with a great rendition of ABBA’s ‘Thank You For The Music’, which brought the curtain down on the evening in fine style.
A big round of applause to all involved.