Dal's got talent, or does it?

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Ashley Hill sings at the Grawood. (Photo: Ezra Black)

"Are you ready to rock!" yelled Zou Quan as he launched into his act.

Keith Richards would've been proud.

Students filled the Grawood Pub on Wednesday for the semifinal round of Dal's Got Talent.

Ten acts performed before a panel of judges for the chance to win $1,000.

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Contestants gathered at the Grawood Pub for Dal's Got Talent. Here are highlights from the performance. (Video: Ezra Black)

From now until the end of the tournament the winners will be decided by public voting on Facebook.

Hannah Dahn, vice-president of student life at the Dalhousie Student Union, says she was happy with the turnout and the night's performances.

"I'm really impressed, especially because I don't really have any talent."

Judges weigh in

Judges Rosmary Reid, Sammy Shanahan and Kelly Kelly from 101.3 The Bounce had kind words for all the performers.

Reid's magic act won her the tournament last year. She says she finds judging the contest a lot more relaxing than actually having to perform.

"It was a lot of fun, but nerve racking," she says. "I was thinking about Dal's Got Talent all the time."

The panel was faced with tough choices. Only eight of the ten performers would advance to the next round.

They decided to eliminate Kirsten Sheehy along with no-shows Fred Smith & Jessie Albsition at the evening's end.

Highlights of the night

Zhou Quan got a rise from crowd for his emphatic dancing, sweet voice and the sheer force of personality.

Other notables included Magic Mike who performed magic. Stephen Leblanc made light of his lack of social skills and the despair he feels as an engineering student for a rousing bit of comedy.

Ashley Hill gave a beautiful piano performance. Her silken voice and radiant smile silenced the crowd.

The next show will be on Jan. 19.

"Mark that down on your calendars," says Dahn.

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