Simon Cowell eat your heart out .....
Ballaugh has the X Factor!
The children of Ballaugh School showed what a talented bunch they are on Friday evening, when FOBS hosted the 'Ballaugh's Got The X Factor' competition at the Parish Hall.
It was a wonderful night with entries from every class from Reception to Year 6.
The KS1 winners were the Mc Fee-Bell family with their shadow puppet show.
In KS2 the honours went to stand up comedian, Callum Sherry but the overall title of X Factor champions went to Year 6 with their moving tribute to their classmate Alexis who sadly died in a road accident in October. They sang one of her favourite songs , Emili Sande's 'Read All About It". It was beautifully done a cappella style causing many glistening eyes in the house.
Here are our best bits, as they say, with judges comments........................
The people with the hardest job......the judges - Bridget and Doona.
Bridget and Doona ,ex Ballaughians, are now in Year 13 at QE2 High School . They are no strangers to performing themselves Doona is the leader of the strings and Bridget first flute with the Manx Youth Orchestra.They took part in this very competition when they were in Class 4 in 2006 .
First up - The Mc Fee Bell family shadow puppet show
"Very creative and imaginative.Fantastic props.Brilliant team work"
Then came a violin duet.
"Good posture and bowing arm.Confidence is key!"
Next some comedy from Dante....
"Good classic jokes! Very funny or should I say 'punny' !"
Rachel and Hermione sang 'Hello World'
"Don't worry about false starts - it's scary up there.Lovely matching outfits!"
More humour next from another comedian ......
"Lovely jokes - loved the school humour too"
The first half came to and end with the Gangnam Style of Jude and Alfie . They brought the house down (and nearly Alfie's trousers!!)..........
"You pulled it off brilliantly - very energetic"
Well done to all the KS1 competitors.
And the winners were..................
Family Mc Fee Bell. Congratulations.
The second half opened with a magic show from Erin,Izzie,Emily and Molly......
"Great names and confidence - 9 years ago Doona and I also did a magic show"
Next Georgia singing and playing 'DNA' by Little Mix.
"Good grasp of rhythm in intro- lovely voice. Beautiful playing too.Impressive playing piano and singing at the same time. Good diction heard all the words.Very hard song to sing - especially on your own"
Freya sang 'Fearless' by Taylor Swift
"A cappella is difficult but you stayed in tune well and hit all the notes.Good voice control and you tried to give meaning to what you were singing"
Next, the boys were back in town with 'Comedy 6'
"All very confident and creative - Loved the bass drop"
"I have no words!"
Trinity-Rose performed her interpretation of Adele's 'Someone like you' on piano.
"Great to be playing at such a high standard already"
Freya and Victoria sang 'Let it Go'
"Very confident - what about trying some harmonies?"
Next was Erin singing 'Over the Rainbow'
"A difficult song to sing but very composed with a lovely voice - made eye contact with audience- don't get too nervous"
Guitar group next - Daniel, Freya,Erin and Callum - they would walk 5000 miles......
"Lovely accurate guitar playing.The next ABBA maybe?!- (no need to get married!)"
The comedy talents of Mr Callum Sherry................
In complete contrast, we next had Georgia,Holly and Erin with a guitar version of Adele's 'Someone like You'
"Maybe you should start a group with Trinity? Beautiful singing and playing"
"Guitar gives great pace - hitting all the notes"
And finally - the evening closed with the Year 6 tribute to Alexis.
"Beautiful- everyone looked like they were enjoying it. A fantastic tribute"
"Just came along and blew everything else out of the water!"
The KS2 winner was Callum Sherry...............
But the coveted X Factor trophy went to...............Year 6-Tribute to Alexis
Well done to them and everyone who took part. It was a very enjoyable evening with a great atmosphere.
Get practising for next time ..........................................