The competition was founded in January 2017 by Tommy Gardner and was called Northampton’s Rising Star. The competition was created to provide a platform for local acts to showcase and develop their talents. Northampton’s Rising Star ran for three years and over this time, over one hundred acts passed through the auditions room.

Northampton’s Rising Star – 2019 Grand Final – with Guest Judge, Samantha Harvey

Over the three years auditions were held in Northampton, this saw the competition hold three Grand Final’s held at The Spinney Theatre in Northampton. The grand finals were shown in front of a live audience and a guest judge joined the panel for each year, these included winner of BBC Let It Shine, Sario Solomon, Britains Got Talent semi-finalist, Jordan Goodenough and Singer Songwriter, Samantha Harvey.

Northampton’s Rising Star – 2018 Grand Final

Shortly after the 2019 Grand Final, it was decided that it was time for the competition to expand and with that, the newly titled “Northamptonshire’s Rising Star” was born. Northamptonshire’s Rising Star will be calling upon acts of all ages whether it is an individual or group to come forward and register for the 2020 competition. During this season of Rising Star, our judges will hit the road for auditions where they will be held in three locations covering the whole of the county before a Grand Final to be held in a Northamptonshire Theatre during the summer of 2020.