David Barton wins Star Search 2012 Grand Final at Hull City Hall
David Barton has won Star Search 2012.
The 24-year-old singer and keyboard player got the judges' nod after a stunning performance in the Grand Final at Hull City Hall.
East Hull band Compass were second.
Callum Scott, 23, from west Hull was third.
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David, who has been likened to Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum, took up the piano when he was eight and taught himself to play.
Here's video of David in action tonight:
Twelve acts took to the stage this evening.
Among them were east Hull rockers Valvekasta, who turned up the volume with a powerful performance.
Teenaged singer-guitarist Sam Arkut proved popular with his self-penned acoustic songs:
And Lee Kamen was cheered on by the family of the late Stuart Gilson, as he gave a memorable performance in memory of the 21-year-old.
Lee said if he won he would donate the prize money to the Missing Persons charity in honour of Stuart, who was missing for six weeks before his body was found in the Humber Estuary in March.
The evening also showcased some of Hull's most talented young performers. Among them was Emily Drewry:
We posted Star Search Grand Final updates throughout the evening:
Here are the acts who took part tonight. Get the full lowdown on the Star Search final acts by following this link.
The 22-year-old east Hull singer is a full time to mum to Zack, 3.
She has been likened to big-name artists like Celine Dion and says she loves to perform powerful songs.
The band is fronted by singer Steve Pennycad with Ed Phillips on lead guitar, Mark Aspin on bass and Rob Brown on drums.
The Costellos call themselves a rock-indie band and cover hits from the 1960s through to the modern day.
The singer/songwriter, 23, of north Hull, has performed his own songs in his heat and semi-final.
At his heat at the Savoy in east Hull he sang Catch The Sun for his best friend Jess Smart.
In the semi-final at the Haven Arms, he sang Make It Through The Night.
The rock band from east Hull are singer Gary Heads, 22, his brother Ian, 27, on guitar, Matt Lund, 26, on bass and drummer Fraser Sneddon, 24.
The band have performed at the likes of Tribfest but say they have never done anything on the scale of Hull City Hall before.
The east Hull band, who have become regulars on the local music scene, are lead singer Chris Smith, bassist Josh Drury and guitarists Dan Leigh and Matty Beale.
The 21-year-old easy Hull singer performed two powerful songs in her Star Search heat – Run by Leona Lewis and We Found Love by Rihanna.
The 23-year-old has the “look of a proper pop star” according to our judges.
The singer, who lives in west Hull, has previously auditioned for X-Factor, but did not make it through to the TV rounds.
The 29-year-old from east Hull pulled at the heart strings of judges and the audience with his self-penned song Jack James.
The song is about his son, who James and his partner lost two-and-half years ago.
Singer and keyboard player David, 24, is no stranger to the limelight.
He has previously won the Mail’s former competition, Talent Trail, and regularly performs at prestigious venues.
His musical career includes playing with jazz maestro Jamie Cullum at the Royal Albert Hall.
The singer/songwriter, who lives near York, is 22.
She says she started singing when she was a little girl in Wales. From those first tender notes, she has gone on to record her own album.
The part-time tennis coach and University of Hull student is 19 and lives in Anlaby.
He performs regularly at pubs in Anlaby and Hessle and was on stage at Humber Street Sesh last weekend.
The singer, 44, has been dedicating his performances in Star Search to the memory of Stuart Gilson.
Star Search Grand Final - pre-show
Earlier this eveing, the LWHS School Of Dance warmed up the audience with a glitzy performance of Sweet Dreams:
And the Mail's Jamie Macaskill thanked all who have supported the contest, which is raising money for Dove House Hospice.
Video: Pre-show entertainment