The hunt is on to find the most talented young people in the borough and crown the next superstar.

The launch of Hounslow Has Talent 2014 this week signalled the search to discover the next big act to follow last year's winners dance duo Neptune and Frequency from Brentford.

The competition hopes to uncover the best singers, dancers, comedians, gymnasts, and other talents across the borough, and the chance for one person or group to win £500.

Once again behind this year's event sponsors Hounslow Homes and organisers Ray Coleman, secretary of Feltham Bees Disabled Sports Club and Ruth Wood of Feltham Arts.

Organiser Mr Coleman said: "Following the overwhelming success of Hounslow Has Talent 2013 we will be running the competition again in aid of the Mayor's two charities.

"We are looking to unearth some of the hidden jewels in Hounslow's crown."

This year's contest is in support of The Tropical Zoo at Hounslow Urban Farm and Ovarian Cancer Trust.

The Tropical Zoo desperately needs funds to build a centre for education conservation and a rescue centre for abused, abandoned and mistreated exotic animals including primates, tortoises and crocodiles.

Ovarian Cancer Trust aims to improve the prognosis of women diagnosed with this type of cancer through treatment research.

Organisers are also looking for volunteers to help create set designs and work backstage at the final.

To apply, upload your talent video to YouTube and complete the form online at . Closing date for entries is April 25.

A shortlist will be announced by May 2, and those people will be invited to the auditions on May 17.

From this 12 finalists will be selected and invited to perform at the Paul Robeson Theatre on May 31 in front of guests judges and an audience of 250.

The overall winner will receive a cheque for £500, with prizes for two runners-up.