The Drama Studio at TCC has, for the second year running, been bursting to the brim with an audience eager to celebrate the wide range of talent our students have to offer. Act, after act, the audience were wowed and the judges were left with some very difficult decisions at the end of the night.
The finalists included students from year 7 to year 12 with a variety of talent on offer. ‘The Band’ (yes we know – very original) set a very high standard for other acts to follow. Judge Katherine Williams from WalesOnline said that they made Guns and Roses Sweet Child of Mine sound “completely unique” and was impressed by the youngsters’ professional performance. Josh Bull stunned the audience with his beautiful version of “Make you feel my love”. Judge Ebony Denton, last years winner, commented on Josh’s “perfection” in the way he hit every note.
Debut performer Stacey Morgan gave a very emotional version of “Use Somebody” to which GTFM’s morning presenter Mark said he “felt every single word”. Next up came Brendan O’Leary, the contests youngest act, who took on Celine Dion’s “My Heart will go” and “absolutely smashed it” according to the judges. Megan Parsons, Year 8, finished the first half of the show singing “Unfaithful” and gave the audience a real treat. The judges said that Megan had taken a ‘brave decision which had paid off’ and commended her for her hard work in preparing for the show.
The fact that the audience were so eager to return to their seats during the interval was a sure sign that they were enjoying their evening. Josh Radford opened with his dance tribute to Michael Jackson for which he was praised, by Judge Mark, for his “infectious energy”. Megan Parsons returned with Hannah Parry (also year 8) for the 7th act of the evening with their duet of “Ghost”. The Judges were all impressed with the girls efforts to compile the performance of such a recently released hit. Zoe Jones brought us Bryan Adams “Everything I do (I do it for you) for the penultimate act of the evening. WalesOnline’s Katherine Williams told Zoe that she “hung on every word” and Ebony Denton said that “Zoe just keeps getting better and better”. Finally, came another debut performance at TCC, in the form of the song “Listen” sung by from Katie Mainwaring of year 10. The reaction from the audience during Katie’s number was outstanding; by the end of it they were on their feet and the atmosphere was incredible. The judges were also blown away with comments such as “professional”, “faultless” and “breathtaking” being used.
Last years winner, Ebony Denton performed a beautiful version of “Hallelujah” whilst the scores were calculated and then in reverse order the top three positions were announced: In joint 3rd place was Zoe Jones and Stacey Morgan, 2nd was The Band and 1st place was Katie Mainwaring who received the TGT winners shield and trophy. Katie will now be interviewed and perform live on GTFM and can be seen later in the year as a contestant for the Welsh Factor.
Overall, this was an incredible evening which really showed the Tonypandy really does have talent. Well done to all the contestants, each and every one was a winner in their own right and made this a night to remember.