VIDEO: See our Yorkshire’s Got Talent stars in action

THIRTEEN singers and dancers battled it out in the first heat of the Advertiser’s Yorkshire’s Got Talent competition at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.

Six of the acts were chosen to go through to the grand final on Sunday, November 25.

They were Kian Burke, Lucy Milburn, the Sheffield United Dance Crew, Bethany Reddy, Ben Ibbotson and April Parker.

They will be joined by another ten finalists from heats two and three which will be held at the New York Stadium over the next two Sundays.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a £200 cash prize and the chance to record a CD or DVD courtesy of Get Sorted Music Academy in Rotherham. Second place will receive £100 and a coaching session with Get Sorted, and third prize will receive £50 and a coaching session.

Event organiser Tracie Midgley said: "It was a fantastic heat with a great variety of performances.

"The talent this year is better than ever and I wish the contestants in heats two and three the best of luck.

The judges at the first heat were Andrew Barker, managing director of the Advertiser’s sister company, Garnett Dickinson Print; former music teacher Dorothy Smith, who is now director for Schools and Lifelong Learning, with Rotherham Council’s Children and Young People's Services department; Janine Barnes, founder of the Ultimate Dance and Fitness studios, Mexborough, and Anthony Bayou, holder of  Best UK Hip Hop Dancer 2007 title and owner of Kiveton-based dance school Discreets Urban Dance Academy.

The audience was entertained by Daniel Taylor, a winner from Yorkshire's Got Talent 2010 before each of the contestants performed.

Tickets are now on sale for the remaining heats and the grand final.

Tickets for the heats cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and tickets for the final cost £7 for adults and £3.50 for children. Call the Rotherham Advertiser events team on 01709 571111.

Check out the performers in the videos below . . . and then tell us what you think of the acts. Use the ‘write a comment’ buttons to post your own reviews!

Dance Daze Crew

The Sheffield based dance crew kicked off the show with an energetic remix routine.

Judge Antony Bayou said: “What a great start to the show, the choreography was tight and you used a good mix of styles.”

Jack Malloy

Jack performed Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables.

Judge Dorothy Smith said: "You have a wonderful voice, great projection, emotion, and the fact that you sang as well as you did without any backing track is impressive.

"The atmosphere in the room was electric throughout the whole performance."

Ebone Jackson

Ebone performed Ben by Michael Jackson.

Judge Andrew Barker said: "You are incredibly brave for getting up on stage at nine years old, but it's hard to judge such a young voice against a mature developed voice.

"That said, your vocals are very clear and you looked stunning."

Danica Beech

Danica performed Don't Rain On My Parade.

Judge Janine Barnes said: "You have great stage presence, it was a good song choice for you, but watch your intonation.

"You held the audience well and it was an all round good performance so0 well done."

Kian Burke

Kian performed Amazing by Bruno Mars.

Judge Anthony Bayou said: "You should have more confidence because the audience loved it.

"You hit the high notes well but try to lift your head up high and give your audience some contact."

Lucy Milbun

Lucy performed her version of the classic Whitney Houston hit I Will Always Love You.

Judge Dorothy Smith said: "Wow, that's a big powerful song to sing but you made it your own.

"It was beautifully constructed and emotional - you gave me goosebumps."

Rebecca Dennis

Rebecca performed Love Story by Taylor Swift.

Judge Janine Barnes said: "It's a wordy song to sing, but the song really suits you.

"Try to move more on stage to show you're confident, because we know deep down you really enjoyed it, but you just need to show us."

Sheffield United Dance Crew

The Dance Crew performed a Michael Jackson medley.

Judge Anthony Bayou said: "It's always great to see people out of breath at the end of a performance - it shows you really gave it your all.

"You were all really confident and energetic. I really enjoyed it."

Bethany Reddy

Beth performed Emile Sade’s Read All About It.

Judge Andrew Barker said: "It was a captivating performance - I'm rarely lost for words, but that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

"That was probably the best performance I've ever seen, in the five years I've been judging this talent show."

Megan Richardson

Megan performed Firework by Katy Perry.

Judge Janine Barnes said: "You look lovely and you did fantastic despite the slight hiccup with words.

"You have really good projection for such a little girl."

Ben Ibbotson

Ben performed his own music - a song about his friends leaving for university.

Judge Andrew Barker said: "That was too good for this contest. It was an emotion not a performance, and I'm sat here in awe of you.

"A song choice can make or break someone, but that definitely worked for you. I t was worth taking the risk and bearing your soul. An incredible performance."

April Parker

April performed I won't give up by Jason Muraz.

Judge Dorothy Smith said: "That was incredible. You have such a mellow voice, yet you showed us so many varieties of styles throughout that performance.

"I think there's more to come from April Parker. Well done on a beautiful performance."