Five girls are hoping to get the audience vote as they are through to the second stage of a nationwide singing competition.
The group, comprising Kyra Doyley, Rebecca Njoroge, Rebecca Abbott, Saskia Symington and Katie Proctor, sang an a cappella mash-up of Jessie J and Ed Sheeran songs. They impressed the judges so much at the audition, held at the Riverside Centre in Derby, that they have been invited back to perform in front of a live audience. They also received positive feedback about their 'blending' on the competition website.
Saskia first heard about the competition and recruited the others into their band, called Freefall. Katie said: ‘We have only been practising for a couple of weeks so we were quite surprised we got through. We asked Mr Duguid and Mr Tang for help. They helped us out with the harmonies and gave us advice on where to stand and how to portray ourselves. We sang a mash up of Who You Are by Jessie J and Drunk by Ed Sheeran.’
The students performed in front of judges Stuart Slater from Slater Drum School, The Lyric Lounge’s Tanya Russell, vocal coach Jennifer Casby, Mark Parkins from Psyrex Studios, and Steve Machin from the Derby School of Music. As the competition progresses more high profile judges, including Radio 1 DJs, will be on hand to give their verdicts.
The girls, from 8B, are now preparing for their next performance on 6 April at the Riverside Centre, Derby where they plan to do another mash-up, this time with instruments. Tickets are on sale at £8 each and the girls’ family and friends and members of their tutor group are planning to go along and support them. More information is available at their Twitter account @Freefall_Real and on their Facebook page.
The final of the nationwide competition, which is aimed purely at teenagers, will be filmed in the O2 arena.