Proud parents cheered from the crowd as future stars and entertainers showcased their skills at the grand final of Hedland’s Got Talent on Thursday at South Hedland Town Square. The Youth Involvement Council has run the competition for the last 10 years and it is open to all participants aged 5-25. Tiare Lesa from indigenous empowerment organisation Shooting Stars hosted the evening. Felicity Stewart, 13, took home first place with a performance of Lost Boy by Ruth B. Ms Stewart has been singing since she could talk and said she owes the victory to her family. “I’d really like to thank my mum (Rachel), she is the main person involved in me winning,” she said. “She was the one telling me to practise every day and she researched things to help my throat, she was just very supportive.” Ms Stewart finished fourth at the last Hedland’s Got Talent event in 2019 and said she has matured and improved as a performer. “I have improved a lot since then and have grown out of that sweet, innocent five-year-old voice,” she said. “I was pretty nervous before I got on stage but every time I felt like I was going to mess up, a bunch of the younger kids in front looked at me and smiled or did a thumbs up and it boosted my confidence.” Youth Involvement Council chief executive Vicki Stephens said the competition was always full of surprises. “It’s amazing, everybody has different passions and talents and we never quite know what we’re going to get each year,” she said. “In previous years we’ve had loads of contestants in their late teens and 20’s and this year most contestants were between six and 16. “I admire the courage just to get up on the stage and I really, truly enjoyed every single performance.” Amelia Wilson claimed second prize, Skylar Geary finished third and Scarlett Black received the rising star award.