Talented Sixth Former Felipe Bejarano won a nationwide singing competition at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End in a competition set up by a mystery promoter and compered by Aled Jones.
Felipe, who was the male winner of ‘Search For a Twitter Star’, first entered the competition on-line back in January after submitting a video of himself singing. After a round of on-line voting Felipe was short-listed to the final 10 contestants, who performed a group song followed by a solo in front of a packed audience and celebrity judges at the Lyric.
The contestants had the expert advice of choreographers and musical directors and took part in extensive rehearsals before the show, during which both the audience and judges could vote for the acts they liked best.
After an action-packed night Felipe and female contestant Kara Bauer were pronounced the winners and, as part of his prize Felipe sang on-stage with West End star Kerry Ellis who has appeared in shows including We Will Rock You, My Fair Lady and Les Miserables. He also won a year’s membership of professional acting organisation Spotlight and he and Kara will also appear in a fund raising production of Our House in the West End later this year.
Felipe said: ‘I entered the competition initially because I went to see Wicked and followed the cast on Twitter. One of the guys from the show had entered the competition, so I found out more and entered as well. Most, if not all of the other finalists are already at drama school or working in the industry.
‘For the group song at the start we did 'A Star is Born' from Hercules the musical. For the solo I did ‘Someone to Fall Back On’ by Jason Robert Brown. There were several rounds of voting and the final four had to go through to a sing-off of 'Goodbye' from the musical “Catch Me If You Can”.
‘After we had the sing-off, they opened the lines to vote for the winner and Kara and I won. The prize was a year’s membership of Spotlight and I also got vouchers and contacts with people in the industry. Once we won Aled Jones, who was the compere, said there was one more prize and they would give us a lead role in a fund-raising performance of the musical Our House so I am going to be in that in November!
‘It was a weird atmosphere because we were all competing for the same prize but all the contestants got on so well and really bonded. It is quite a lot to take in that I have won and I am welcoming the opportunities it may bring.’