Comedian and Hula Hoop dancer win Next Big Thing heat at Eventia party

Funnyman Kev Orkian and Hula Hoop dancer Pippa the Ripper were last night voted into the final of The Next Big Thing, to be held at Event UK at the NEC from 22-23 September.

Next Big Thing final is taking place at Event UK
Next Big Thing final is taking place at Event UK

Pippa the Ripper won the audience vote at the second live qualifying heat, which was held at Fortesqueue's' Room by the River as part of Eventia's summer party, while Kev Orkian melted the judges' hearts to win a place in the final.

There could only be two winners, but all six competitors were of an incredibly high standard and divided the opinions of both audience and judges. At one point all four judges, who included Room by the River team leader Peter Strange, Eventia CEO Izania Downie, ISES president Zanine Adams and Sternberg Clarke managing director Adam Sternberg, traded heated exchanges.

For a full gallery of pictures from last night, click here.

If you missed the heat and still want to be part of The Next Big Thing, vote two more winners through to the final at Event UK by taking part in Event magazine's online voting poll.

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