Lainey West, country music singer from Manchester, performs across the North West. Her warm personality gives her a head start. Not to mention the fact that her mother appeared on Opportunity Knocks a few years back. This inspired Lainey so much that she was able to tread the boards alongside her mother. She also appeared in the line ups of popular bands Delta Dawn and Blue Horizon. Lainey is available for country music club appearances and summer touring where possible.
Opportunity Knocks is a British television and radio talent show originally hosted by Hughie Green. There was a follow-up 1980s revival hosted by Bob Monkhouse. Later the show was hosted by previous winner Les Dawson.
Lainey West Country Music Singer
The original radio version started on the BBC Light Programme, where it ran from 18 February to 29 September 1949, but moved to Radio Luxembourg in the 1950s. It was shown on ITV from 20 June 1956 to 29 August 1956, produced by Associated Rediffusion.
A second run commenced on 11 July 1964 and lasted until 20 March 1978, produced first by ABC and then by Thames. Although Opportunity Knocks did produce a number of talented acts, the method of putting the contest to a public vote did sometimes result in victories for novelty acts, in particular those involving children or animals. On one notorious occasion, the young Su Pollard was beaten into second place by a singing dog.
For the Monkhouse-fronted revival, the voting system was radically changed, making it the first British TV show to use telephone voting in order to get a more immediate result (although an updated electronic “clap-o-meter-style” on-screen indicator, using stars, was used during the show). The telephone voting system is now common on British TV. (Wikipedia)