Beyonce performance clinches Alter Ego title

PUBLISHED: 17:09 05 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:56 05 February 2013

Winner Emily Numutaako at the Alter Ego talent show. Images by Agenda at Visual Marvelry

Winner Emily Numutaako at the Alter Ego talent show. Images by Agenda at Visual Marvelry


The winner of Hackney’s biggest talent show was crowned in front of a sold-out audience at the Hackney Empire on Friday night.

Emily Numutaako, 17, wowed the audience and judges with a powerful performance of Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love at the Alter Ego finals.

Nine acts including singers, rappers dancers and comedians performed in the contest, which was hosted by MTV Base presenter Kat B, with performances from rap duo Krept and Konan and Hackney born actress and MC Paigey Cakey.

Winner Emily, an A-level student from Haggerston, said she was speechless.

“I did not expect it,” she said.

“The sky is the limit now, I’ve just won one of the biggest competitions in Hackney and now I need to think about where I’m going.

“I entered this competition because I loved to sing as a hobby and now it has elevated itself in some sort of way.”

Emily has won the opportunity to perform at the The O2 in theTeenStar Grand Final and at Digwalls as part of Open Mic UK, as well as receiving free rehearsal and recording time at Press Records in Mare Street Studios

Dance group Ebonessance comprising of Labraya Buffong, 18, Elliott John, 19, Rashaun Antaine- Philip, 18, and Nathifa Le Che Alexander, 19, were awarded joint second place with singer Dominique Florent- Lee, 15, and singer Nadia Haloua, 14, came third in the competition.

Prizes included a styling and photography portfolio package, producer time with Inferno and a year’s membership at the Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School.

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