MOVE over Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan – Valley School had its very own panel of demanding judges for its first- ever Valley’s Got Talent show extravaganza.
Talented students showed their singing, acting, dancing and even grape-eating skills as they took to the stage to compete for the all-important audience vote.
Year 9 street dancer Raphael Oriyomi beat off tough competition from his 10 fellow acts to claim the top £100 prize.
Gutsy Year 7 singer Jade Gordon took second place, followed by DJ Kieran and street dancing duo Jai and Cole, who rapped and body-popped their way to take third place.
Creative and performing arts faculty co-ordinator Michelle Buck said she was extremely proud of the students, who delivered an unforgettable evening of entertainment.
“The talent that we saw on the night just blew us away. I think the most important thing was that it gave pupils a chance to show what they’re really capable of,” she said.
“Raphael definitely deserved to win. He was so dedicated and would rehearse morning, noon and night. It really paid off, and he had a very polished and slick performance.”
Around 80 acts initially auditioned for the talent show and were soon whittled down to 30 and then the final 11 for the special finale.
The judging panel gave their verdict, but audiences had the ultimate say – voting for their top three favourite acts.
Notable acts on the night included Year 8 karate kicking pair Alex Davies and Jacob Minard, and the Bacchus of Bassetlaw Ben Storey – otherwise known as Grape Boy.
Said Michelle: “He had to eat as many grapes as possible in a minute and managed to beat his record of 52, eating 62 in total.”
“We looked at the Guinness World Book of Records attempt which is 175, so he is now aiming for that.”
The show proved such a success that the school is looking to stage another event to showcase pupils’ talents.
“We weren’t prepared for how much talent there was going to be, so we will be doing some follow up shows very soon. Thanks go to everyone who took part in the event to make it a huge success.”