Forget the X Factor and Britain’s got talent even Over the Rainbow, the V Factor in the Park and Dare Theatre on the 25th of May was the place to be. The V Factor was a tremendous success because of the many talented young stars of today that will be the shinning bright stars of tomorrow I’m sure.
This year the V Factor project was even bigger than last year with glitz and glamour being at the heart of it. Costumes were colourful and made Joseph’s coloured coat look bleak and that was just the dance acts’ costumes.
With more than six hundred young people auditioning to take part in the final, the atmosphere and the audience were wonderful with more than a thousand attending on the night.
The performances on stage were wonderful, with so much talent I thought I was in a West End theatre and not in the Valleys.
With a full packed auditorium, backstage the contestants were preparing for their moment in the spotlight. The nerves were kicking in with all contests hoping that tonight would be their night. For one performer it would be a chance of a life time as the award would be to perform at Ponty’s Big Weekend.
But, if that wasn’t enough, backstage was one, who is not shy to the spotlight, X Factor star Lloyd Daniels and Jutebox Juniors; both acts came along to perform along side the contestants.
I don’t know who was more excited me or the contestants coming face to face with the stunningly good looking Mr Daniels. Lloyd 17, from Treorchy is now living in Westminster, London and came to the V factor to meet the contestants and perform two songs to his home town. He also gave advice to the hopefuls “the only advice I would give is to be yourself and enjoy every moment.”
Young people came from schools all across the Valleys to compete; the categories judged were Best Music Act, Best Dance Act, Best Musical Theatre Act and Best Drama Act. There was also a special achievement awards for those who had shown great commitment and improvement during the rehearsal process.
Winning the Best Music Act award was Emily Ady from Y Pant Comprehensive. Emily composed her music and performed her own song. Amy Wadge a judge at the competition said “the performance was outstanding and a beautiful vocal.” Emily now has the chance to perform at Ponty’s Big Weekend this summer.
The Best Dance Act award went to Unfaced from Ferndale Community School who gave an incredible performance of modern dance.
Best Musical Theatre performance went to Lauren Shields from Bryn Celynnog. Lauren made the Liza Minnelli song ‘If you hadn’t, but you didn’t’ her own by giving a dramatic interpretation.
Best Drama Act went to Lucy Andrews from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Rhydywaun, judge Liara Williams said “it was a very emotional performance and you have a very successful acting career ahead of you.” Also competing in the category was Katie Northam and Roberta Mason from Hawthorn High School who stood in at last minute and gave an excellent performance of Kindertransport.
The standard of talent was fantastic from singing to dancing, the young people involved should be very proud, including those who took part from the very beginning. All of the acts I’m sure will be set for successful careers in drama and performing arts.