19th Jan, 2021

Droitwich singer Poppy from Dodderhill School shows she has the W-Factor

YOUNG Droitwich singer Poppy Gidley from Dodderhill Girls School wowed the judges at the W-Factor talent contest, winning the Under 15s category.

Poppy, 12, was said by the judges to ‘have a great unique falsetto voice, a good pitch and control and a lovely tone’.

Dodderhill headmistress Catherine Mawston said: “Poppy has huge passion for singing and music and this has given her a massive boost to her confidence.

“Everyone at the school is immensely proud of her.

“It was brilliant to be at the final to support Poppy and all the contestants from Droitwich.

“Considering it was Wychavon-wide there was a good number of young people from Droitwich – at least one in every category of the final.”

Pershore’s Number 8 Community Arts Centre was packed for the exciting finale of the annual extravaganza.

There were 11 young people from across the district competed in front of family and friends for the accolade of being crowned a winner in one of the four categories.

The judges included dance specialist Jenny Northam and former winners music specialist Jacob and singing specialist Lauren Nicole.

The compère on the night was Andrew Easton from BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio, and last year’s under 15s winner Ciaran Baker provided the entertainment during the judges’ deliberations.

The over 15s was won by Sophie Gilbert from Whittington and Worcester Sixth-Form College, while 11-year-old Nelly Ellis from Offenham and the Bredon Hill Academy won the dance section.

Amber Orpin, 15, from Evesham, won the music category. She attends The De Montford High School.

Jenny Davis, Arts development officer for Wychavon District Council, said: “It was a fantastic evening and the competition was as a tough as ever.

“The talent and passion of the young people taking part was evident to all and it’s been wonderful to see the performers grow in confidence following on from the auditions.”

She added everyone who made it through to the final had achieved so much and urged those who did not win to re-enter next year.

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