The lakecity's Josh Thornhill is among the people's choice finalists competing for a spot in the 2012 Variety's Got Talent finals. People can cast their votes for Josh on YouTube until this Friday

The lakecity's Josh Thornhill is among the people's choice finalists competing for a spot in the 2012 Variety's Got Talent finals. People can cast their votes for Josh on YouTube until this Friday

Variety’s Got Talent people’s choice voting wraps up Friday

The lakecity's Josh Thornhill is among the people's choice finalists competing for a spot in the 2012 Variety's Got Talent finals.

The lakecity’s Josh Thornhill is among the people’s choice finalists competing for a spot in the 2012 Variety’s Got Talent finals.

To vote for Thornhill people can view songs by the 10 selected people’s choice finalists on YouTube until Jan. 27 and “like” their favourite finalist.

The competitor with the most likes will win a spot in the Variety’s Got Talent finals.

Josh is 16 and a student at Columneetza secondary who also works part time at Sport Mart.

“I am passionate about my music and hope to further myself into it through Variety’s Got Talent,” says Josh in his introduction.

Josh says his older cousin inspired him to start playing the guitar two years ago and he is now set on a career in music.

He spends any spare moment he has picking up his guitar to sing and play and work on improving his talent and musical knowledge.

The other Variety’s Got Talent People’s Choice finalists are Catrina Centanni, Burnaby; Cole Armour, Langley; Iris Del Castillo, Maple Ridge; Sydney Reynolds, Port Alberni; Alison Leon, Port Coquitlam; Kyra Kristmanson, Prince George; Tessa Dudgeon, Vancouver; Tone Aganaba, Vancouver; and Kailee Duggan of Vernon.

Variety — The Children’s Charity announced Tuesday, Jan. 24 the top talented young artists from across the province between the ages of 13-19 who have been selected in this year’s Variety’s Got Talent competition on Feb. 3 at the River rock Show Theatre in Vancouver.

The  winner, selected by a panel of celebrity and industry judges, including music manager, Bruce Allen, Global BC’s Steve Darling, Spirit of the West’s Vince Ditrich and 100.5 The Peak’s Tamara Stanners, will receive a Tom Lee Rising Star Package and appear on the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon which airs live on Global BC Feb. 11 and 12.

Last year’s winner, Shylo Sharity of Fort Langley, has been performing steadily and even opened for country music legend, Wynonna Judd.

Regular finalists are Haley Toal of Courtenay; Matthew Van Vooght, Delta; Natalie Paul, Kamloops; Asha Diaz, North Vancouver; Nikita Afonson, Penticton; Jessica Zraly, Port Moody; Joe Given, Surrey; Payton Rector, Surrey; and Alexandria Maillot, Victoria.

Variety’s Children’s Charity is a non-profit organization that raises funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children who have special needs.

Since 1965, Variety — The Children’s Charity has raised more than $155 million for families and organizations around BC. Every year, Variety receives over 1,300 requests for financial assistance for therapies, specialized equipment, drug prescriptions, and out-of-town accommodation and travel costs. Variety also provides grants to children’s organizations and hospitals for construction, renovations and equipment costs.

Tickets for the Variety’s Got Talent Finals are $10 plus service charges and are available at ww.varietysgottalent.ca.

Variety’s Got Talent is presented by Coast Capital Savings.