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Fantastic evening had as students show DHS Has Got Talent

On Thursday 21st June 12 talented acts, who had made it through the audition process, took to the stage for the final of DHS Has Got Talent. It was a really fun and entertaining night, hosted by the wonderful Mrs Wallis-Taylor and Mr Crane. The students all performed to an audience of around 160 and everyone did themselves very proud. Before the acts began the audience was introduced to the 4 judges, Mrs Savage, Ms Graney, Mr Morley and outgoing head boy Ali Lee.

First to kick off the night was Mary Mothersole who sang a cover of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ which impressed the judges with Mrs Graney saying it was ‘a beautiful way to open the show.’ Next to take to the stage was Millie Sims who sang The Killers ‘When we were Young’ whist also playing the guitar. Again, the judges were very impressed, especially with the fact that she was playing the guitar and singing.

A slight change when Molly Coleman, Jess Duggan-Rees and Elliot Day took to the stage to perform a mix up of songs, accompanied by dance a little bit of comedy. They were followed by Not A Capella, an 8 piece vocal group who sang a wonderful mash up of songs from Disney’s Pocahontas with beautiful harmonies. Following the very loud applause after this performance Daisy Isham, Daisy O’Hara and Ruby O’Hara took to the stage to perform a contemporary dance routine which they had choreographed themselves. The judges loved all these performances and praised the performers for their confidence and ability to work so well together.

Megan Barker was next to take to the stage, playing a beautiful piece of music on piano. The judges were amazed when they found out Megan had only been playing for 18 months! Sophia Seaman then got the audience clapping along with her rendition of Pink’s ‘Just Give me a Reason.’ Then it was time for something a little different with Kumba Kanu drawing a portrait of Mrs Isham in 60 seconds, she did an amazing job and finished well within the minute. These performances were all praised by the judges, in particular for the way in which they had got the audience involved.

Code Red, formed of students from years 8-10 then performed ‘Best Day of my Life’ by American Authors showcasing not only vocal talent, but violin, guitar, flute and drums too. The judges were very impressed but did think the flutist had missed the memo about wearing red! Tegan Clubb then performed a fantastic contemporary dance routine which saw her leaping through the air, pirouetting and doing the splits. She was followed by 9FPi, a group made up of Ollie Wadeson, Max Brotherhood, Miya-Jade Harrison and Ava Hodgeson, who performed a lovely mellow version of David Guetta’s Titanium, with the boys jointly playing the piano and the girls singing, another fantastic collaborative performance. The judges just thought they could do with a better name than their form group! To close the show was Rebecca Goswell, who did an amazing freestyle disco dancing routine which included hand stands and cartwheels.

It was then time to get voting and whilst this took place the audience were treated to performances from Masterplan, Mia Coggin, Faith Onwuzuruike and Leonnie Natala.

All the performers then assembled on stage for the results. All the contestants were congratulated for a fantastic evening of entertainment, before announcing the top 3. In third place and receiving 2 tickets to watch ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at Worthing Theatres was Mary Mothersole. Second place, and winning a photoshoot with 5 digital images was Code Red and in first place, and winning not only the trophy, but also a recording session at GB Met was Not Acapella. Many thanks to Worthing Theatres, VP Photography and GB Met for kindly donating these wonderful prizes.

To finish off a fantastic night Not Acapella took to the stage to perform again. Not only was it a wonderful night celebrating the many talents of Durrington High School students, but it also raised £800 towards taking our 100 strong talented Rock Challenge team to the finals next month.

Many thanks to Mrs Isham, Miss Maughan, Ms Graney and Mr Dean for making the night happen. To Mrs Bowden for last minute backstage pep talks and calming nerves (at all 3 events) and Mr Lowe for photographing the final.  Finally thanks to to all the performers, judges and hosts for such a fabulous evening.