Ten lucky finalists who will be competing in Highland Hospice’s Ness Factor competition this October, got together for the first time last night.
Meeting their vocal coaches Tony Henry, Katie-Louise Mackay and Fiona Forbes, the contestants met to begin their exciting journey – which will end with them performing in the Drumossie Hotel on Saturday 28 October in front of an audience and judging panel.
Event organiser Lornagh Siegel said, “Ness Factor is such an incredible event to be involved in. I love seeing the performances on the night as our vocal coaches work their magic.”
She added, “All of our contestants also need to fundraise in the lead up to the event, so be prepared to see plenty of events, cans and buckets around as they each do their best to raise as much as they can for the Hospice in support of their participation.”
Among the contestants this year is the Hospice’s very own Chief Executive Officer Kenny Steele.
Kenny said, “As CEO for Highland Hospice for 12 years I have done various fundraising events over the years (I still hold the Charity Mascot World Record for doing the Inverness Half Marathon as Bobby the Bee.)”
However, most things have been within my comfort zone. Ness Factor is something way out of my comfort zone but I’m really looking forward to being part of a new experience. My job obviously involves seeing the difference Highland Hospice makes to people on a day to day basis and I am extremely proud of the work we do.”
I am also very aware of the money required to make it all happen which involves incredible commitment to fundraising by so many people. Ness Factor has been an amazing contribution to the Hospice over the last few years and there is always a great buzz about it.
My son is a musician so there must be some musical genes in there somewhere…. I’ll be taking it seriously but if it gives other a people a laugh and helps to raise much needed money for the work of the Hospice then it will all be worth it!”
Also taking part this year is previous host of the competition Liam Christie who is handing the hosting baton over to Torridon’s lead singer Kenny Smith.
This year’s full line-up of contestants are Katie Munro, Garry Clark, Sean MacIver, Liam Christie, Joanne Ross, Belinda Paterson, Kayleigh Burnside, Jennifer Thomson, Rosalyn Paton and Kenny Steele.
To find out more about the competition or book an event table, contact Emma Nicol
Tables of 12 are £900.00 and include a drinks reception, meal and live entertainment from the talented finalists.