For this, the third All Winners Show of the series, the judges were a mixture of experienced and newer faces to the show. TV critic for the Daily Mirror, Ken Irwin returned to the panel for just his third appearance of this series and Tony Blackburn made just his sixth appearance as a judge. Joining them were the experienced Jack Parnell, making his 42nd appearance on the panel and back for his second week running was Tony Hatch, who made his first appearance on the panel back in series one.
Some television listings have Mickie Most listed as a panel judge instead of Tony Hatch, however, as there is a quote from Tony Hatch about the performance of Kirk St. James then it is unlikely that Mickie Most appeared on this show.
The six acts looking to book a place in the series Gala Final having already secured this second appearance by winning their original show were;
- Christie ‘G’ (vocalist) – from Sheffield (Show 6.15)
- Gary Wilmott & Judy (impressionists) – from London (Show 6.18)
- Kirk St. James (vocalist) – from Portsmouth (Show 6.19)
- Flint (four-piece group) – from Kent (Show 6.20)
- Ann O’Brien (vocalist) – from Timperley, Manchester (Show 6.21)
- Peter John Mitchell (comedian) – from Middlesbrough (Show 6.21)
As there were only six acts, they were joined by a guest act, Hartlepool comedian Johnny Hammond, who secured two show wins in 1976 on his way to an appearance in the series four Gala Final. Johnny was back on the small screen in March when he appeared with Middlesbrough comedian Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown on Sounds Of Britain (Teesside) which highlighted the traditional North East region feud between Tyneside and Teesside.
The show winner was vocalist Kirk St. James who previously scored 113 points when he appeared on show 6.19 just four weeks earlier. The judges were incredibly impressed with Kirk’s performance. Tony Blackburn said he was ‘marvellous, sensational.’ Ken Irwin said he was ‘fantastic got it all,” and added ‘he’s got it made.’ Songwriter and music producer Tony Hatch thought Kirk had a ‘very good voice.’
Despite being runners-up on the show impressionists Gary Wilmot & Judy would get one more chance to make the Gala Final when they were one of eight acts chosen by the viewers to return for a Viewer’s Request show on 19 March 1978.
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