This year’s BW Factor talent show was hotly contested with just five points separating the top five acts. The trophy and top prize of £75 was clinched by Vicki-Louise Sherwin for her rendition of ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ from the Phantom of the Opera.
As well as singing, the show also featured some impressive ‘cup choreography’ performed by the Beasley Sisters, as well as dance acts. Singer Lynn Joynson came second and Caiomhe McGee displayed impressive Gangnam Style to secure third. Honourable mentions must go to all the acts including Elizabeth Cassie who sang a version of Stay by Rhianna, while George Robinson made a guest appearance on piano. The acts were judged by Sara Charles from Genesis Theatre Company, Angie Flint from Parents in Partnership and Sancha Wallis, a professional musician.
It was an impressive display of talent, hosted by teacher Mr Browne against a New York inspired set that was designed and made by students from Year 9. Vicki-Louise, Lynn and Andrea Lupton, an Irish dancer, all reprised their acts in assembly so those who could not attend on the night did not miss out.
Vicki-Louise said: ‘It was a surprise when I won. I had been practising for ages and it was quite a hard song to learn. The judges said I had a big range and that I performed it nicely. It was really fun. The song that I sang at the BW Factor is my favourite song. I am going to give £40 of the prize money to the Lakelands Hospice because my grandma used to work there and I am also going along to sing for them.'