The Sun today reports that the Bio channel is to air a show to rival Britain’s Got Talent, but which allows entrants only from the traveller community.
To be entitled Travellers Got Talent, the show is expected to air later this year.
Here’s the full article from The Sun…
A TEENAGE girl with “a big voice”, a performing horse and the gypsy equivalent of the Von Trapp family – welcome to Travellers Got Talent.
A new TV show will focus on this incredible nationwide competition and it looks set to be as big a ratings winner as Channel 4′s Bafta-nominated Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
Performers drawn from the gypsy and traveller community will battle it out at five heats across the country, with the top three acts from each heat progressing to the final at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Among the acts hoping to “make it to London” are dance troupe Ambition, which includes little Levy Gregory.
The contest could give ITV’s Saturday night smash Britain’s Got Talent a run for its money. The winner of TGT will scoop £1,000, the runner-up £600 and the act in third place £400.
Organiser Jake Bowers, editor of Travellers Times and a Romany gypsy himself, says: “It is going to be sensational.
“There are some crazy acts but some awesome talent too. Musical talent features heavily in Romany culture and is passed down through the generations.”
The show even has its own Amanda Holden, in the shape of singer Jentina Chapman – although she actually looks more like US X Factor judge Cheryl Cole. Jentina, 24, from Hastings, East Sussex, landed a record deal aged just 19.
She is also a model and has even been a “Wonderbra Girl”. Born into a Surrey Romany family, Jentina says: “There’s a massive amount of showbiz talent in the gypsy community.
“It feels great to be part of something that shows travellers in a positive light.
“I’m thrilled to be a judge at this year’s competition and I’m really looking forward to seeing the acts.
“I’m hoping to see amazing dancers, singers and mad entrants who do all sorts. I think the heats will be full of surprises.”
Travellers Got Talent – or Bari Radt (“big night” in Romany) – will feature on the Bio channel Sky 156/Virgin 242, later this year as part of the eight-episode series A Gypsy Life For Me.
Click here to see profiles of some of the hopefuls.