Simon Cowell, watch this space – there’s a host of ready-made talent just waiting to be discovered in Shepherds Bush.
From slapstick comedy to soulful singing, pupils at St Stephen’s School in Uxbridge Road proved their flair for performance at a Britain’s Got Talent-inspired extravaganza.
More than 70 pupils took to the stage for the St Stephen's Got Talent competition on 16 June, with their showbiz prowess judged by special guests James and Ola Jordan, of Strictly Come Dancing fame.
Gymnastics, dancing, rapping, singing and comedy were all on the bill – with the overall winning pupil, Anna Gross, impressing the judges with her rendition of Adele’s Make You Feel My Love.
In second place, Jeremiah Totele showed off his skills as CBBC rapper Mr Detention.
Meanwhile, a group of five budding comedians brought the hilarity of Fawlty Towers to the school hall.
Leonardo Ceccato, Noah Pereira, Sergio Wilcox, Charlie Young and Jack Gibson were awarded third place in the competition.
Head teacher Michael Schumm said he was impressed by the children’s confidence during the show. “The acts were simply stunning and unique in their own special way,” he explained.
“As always the children were so confident and well and truly hit the stage running.”
The event was the culmination of almost two months of hard work from the committed pupils at the school.
A round of auditions in May saw 14 acts selected to perform in front of the whole school at a semi-final event, after which a vote decided on the final 10.
The four acts which didn’t go through to the finals had chance to work backstage on lighting and make-up.
During the show, the school choir also performed renditions of the R&B hit Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World.
Organiser and mum-of-two Fiona Williams said: “Everyone had an amazing time and the parents loved it. St Stephen’s Got Talent involved so many people and the pay-off was electrifying.”
The show’s fame has now extended beyond the H&F boundaries, thanks to judge James Jordan posting a selfie with all the contestants on his Instagram page, added Fiona.
The school raised around £750 from the event, which will be used to buy new audio equipment. X Factor here they come!