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More success for Sunrise winner Luke

PUBLISHED: 12:45 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

Former Sunrise Talent Contest winner Luke Cook won Search For A Star in Hunstanton last Sunday. Pictured: Andy Darnell

Former Sunrise Talent Contest winner Luke Cook won Search For A Star in Hunstanton last Sunday. Pictured: Andy Darnell

INAUGURAL Sunrise Talent Contest winner Luke Cook claimed another title last weekend as organisers of the competition extended the deadline to enter this year's event.

INAUGURAL Sunrise Talent Contest winner Luke Cook claimed another title last weekend as organisers of the competition extended the deadline to enter this year's event.

While Luke was wowing judges at a talent competition in Hunstanton last Sunday, organisers of the Sunrise Talent Contest were extended the closing date for entries to Friday, October 17 due to contestant demand.

Magician and illusionist Luke Cook won the first final in January 2006, aged 13. He followed up this success with performances at weddings, private parties, Pontins in Pakefield, Haven Holiday Camp in Hastings and The Talent Quest 2007.

After taking off nearly a year for his GCSE exams, the 16 year-old returned to action a few weeks ago to enter the Hunstanton leg of Search for a Star, and last Sunday he was crowned champion.

“I performed the same basic routine as I did for the heat, but added three bigger tricks to give it the wow factor. One of the judges is a magician and actually came up to me afterwards to say he was amazed, and couldn't even work out how I'd done it,” said Luke.

On November 22 the Lowestoft College student will travel to Margate to compete in the national final of the competition.

Despite admitting to being already nervous, Luke has certainly come a long way since he was first entered for the Sunrise Talent Contest.

“My first time performing on stage was at the Sunrise. I'd been practising since I was six years old, but had never been confident enough before. My mum put me down and I'm really glad she did as it really boosted my confidence,” he said.

This year's Sunrise Talent Contest will again be held at the Hotel Victoria, in Lowestoft, with Sunday heats taking place on October 5 and 26, November 16 and December 14. The semi-finals and final will then take place in the new year on dates to be announced.

As well as claiming the overall title, the winner will receive a cash prize of £500, while the runner will receive £250, third £100 and fourth £50.

Organisers said they are confident that there will be a flood of entries to the contest in the wake of the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent and the current series of X-Factor.

For entry details, see today's Journal.

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