Several Fort Bliss youth and service members sang, danced, played instruments and more to prove to the judges' panel they had the chops for the fourth annual Fort Bliss' Got Talent competition at the Centennial Club here, starting at 6 p.m. Feb 19 and 26 for youth and every Wednesday in February for adults.
The competitors are broken into two groups, consisting of ages 15 or younger and 16 or older, but both sets of performers will be critiqued first by a judges' panel, then by voter cards given upon entry to each member of the audience.
The talent show, organized by Fort Bliss Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation, also has a new element this year that will recognize the unit with the most participation.
"It's an accumulative award," said Chris Bohn, a recreational specialist with FMWR. "If the same unit comes back every night, they'll be in the running to win a $250 Spirit Award, which can go to the unit funds for organization days or however the unit sees fit. That's great incentive to get your unit involved, so I hope people take advantage of it. I hope a lot of people come out for the show."
At the auditions, the aspiring stars brought their various individual talents to bear as they performed in front of several selection judges. Many were nervous, but Analicia Helgenberger, age 9, originally from Micronesia and now a student at Fort Bliss Elementary School, couldn't wait to perform for the judges.
"I never get nervous; I've been singing since I was 2," Helgenberger said. "I sing all the time and it doesn't matter who's around. My favorite song is 'Fools Gold' by the group One Direction."
Helgenberger added she isn't concerned about the results, because she just wants to sing and knows everyone will be there to support her. For more information about how to support her and the other contestants at Fort Bliss' Got Talent, contact 915-588-8247.