Year 7 student Megan McClymont won the coveted BW Factor 2011 title after putting on a breath-taking display of Irish dancing at our annual talent show. Celebrity judges included ‘Mr Simon Cowell’ who arrived complete with security, and music producer Ich Mowatt, who has worked with Diana Ross and other musical greats. The other judges were former teacher Mr Matt Sammy and Shivon de Freitas, chair of Parents in Partnership.
There was a raffle so 12 members of the audience could sit in the newly introduced ‘VIP area’ to enjoy the show from a ring-side seat, complete with complimentary goody bag.
BW Factor 2011 was introduced by the Brooke Weston boys’ dance crew, then it was straight into the talent show with Rebecca Savage and her rendition of ‘The Voice Within‘ by Christina Aguilera. Andrew Alexander was next as he sang Green Day’s Good Riddance, while playing acoustic guitar. Then Harry Underwood took to the stage for his self-choreographed performance to ‘Wonderman.’
Lydia Cole and Rachel Beasant staged the only drama performance of the night, a sketch about school life. Then it was pianist, Eliot Beeby’s turn in the spotlight as he performed a French impressionist piece.
Megan’s chance to dazzle came as she wore traditional Irish costume and did an awe-inspiring ‘Riverdance’ before Jacob Shoesmith rounded off the first half with his rendition of ‘Champagne Supernova’ on guitar.
During the interval Parents in Partnership provided refreshments with all proceeds going to Myeloma UK. Emilia Parton started the second half with a contemporary dance to ‘Incomplete’. She was followed by Conor Judge, who sang ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Adel Mugayi then did a street dance to ‘Boom Boom Shake Shake’ before Alice Boore performed Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’.
Ethan Kenna’s vocal and piano performance of The Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine was next before the night was rounded off by Rohan and Jed with Canon Rock by Jerry C, a punchy arrangement of Pachelbel’s classic work.
The judges, who had given all the acts positive feedback after their performances, deliberated among themselves while last year’s winner, Jenn Dobson, sang her self-penned ‘I’m sorry I wrote this song but it’s what I do’ before the results were announced.
In third place was Emilia Parton with Ethan Kenna placed second. Megan had to reprise her winning dance performance and, after the show, ‘Mr Cowell’ posed for commemorative photographs with members of the audience.
Thanks go to all those who helped to organise or stage the show, especially Parents in Partnership, the staff, including Miss Duguid, Miss Cockroft and Miss Nicholson who helped backstage and at rehearsal, Mr Jackson for his audio-visual skills and the Creative and Media diploma students who photographed and videoed the event and created the programmes and tickets. Final thanks go to Mr Bidwell who compered the show in his usual and incomparable way!
Megan has been dancing since she was six years old and she regularly takes part in Irish dancing competitions and has just come back from the All-Ireland Championships. She spends hours training each week at classes in Northampton and Coventry.
She said: ’ I was practising the dance for the BW Factor a lot. I was a little bit nervous beforehand and very surprised when I won. I am going to spend the £100 prize money on some new Irish dancing shoes as I am going on holiday soon and have got a lot of dance competitions in Ireland. When I am older I want to take part in Riverdance or Lord of the Dance as I went to see them and loved them, they were amazing!’