BY CALUM FRASER
Four singers from South-east London have been chosen to perform as support acts for 2015 X Factor winner Louisa Johnson at Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s (CACT) 25th anniversary concert in May.
Sisters Rachael and Elizabeth Adeloyuwa, and solo artists Shania Kathepurmell and Cleo Uzande won the Perform 2018 competition, impressing the judging panel at The O2 last week.
This is the fourth Perform talent competition that CACT has run.
The competition was open to young people aged 10-19, and from 10-25 with special educational needs or disabilities in Greenwich and Kent.
Rachael took part in CACT’s NCS programme in 2016, while Shania is a member of Young Greenwich, the youth service CACT runs on behalf of Greenwich.
From the acts who sent in song recordings for Perform, the top 10 were chosen and then invited to audition at The O2 with a song of their choice.
The judges were CACT Ambassador and Absolute Radio presenter Dave Berry, singer/songwriter Autumn Sharif, who is also a previous Perform winner, and Marc Saunders, a music enthusiast from The O2’s Programming Team.
Autumn Sharif said: “The acts were so good. We had a tough time deciding.
“It feels good to be back, I was auditioning for the first Perform myself.
“The relationship I have with CACT is so special.
“Before I did Perform, I was part of the youth club. Lots of the people who work with them used to look after me when I was at school.
“Young people need opportunities and need to know they can manifest their dreams.”
Dave Berry said: “We’ve been doing Perform for a number of years now, and the level of talent has improved year-on-year.
“It was a lovely space, and there was a really nice community feel; that’s what CACT is about. It was good to see people supported not only by their parents but by their brothers and sisters as well.
“What we’ve done today was extremely difficult, but we got our three winners.
“I’ll see them on stage at Indigo at The O2.”
Shania, Cleo and Rachel and Elizabeth will perform at Indigo at The O2 for CACT’s 25th anniversary concert on Friday, May 18 featuring Louisa Johnson and Autumn Sharif, hosted by Dave Berry.
Autumn will also be performing at the 25th anniversary concert on May 18.
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