Flair need your votes for Comic Relief success

FLAIR . Pictured(left to right) are Rachel Hunt, Emma Sharman, Kate Freeman, Rebecca Banton and Aiden Nord.
FLAIR . Pictured(left to right) are Rachel Hunt, Emma Sharman, Kate Freeman, Rebecca Banton and Aiden Nord.
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TALENTED performing arts students are hoping to wow TV judges with a touch of Flair when they perform in front of millions of viewers.

A group of five pupils from The Academy at Shotton Hall, formerly Shotton Hall Secondary School, in Peterlee, will be performing on BBC1 as part of the Comic Relief coverage.

Aiden Nord, Kate Freeman, Rebecca Bainton, Rachel Hunt and Emma Sharman, all 16, are members of a group called Flair, which have made it through to the semi-final of Comic Relief Does Glee Club.

The all-singing, all-dancing group were chosen after a nationwide search to find the best glee club in the UK, following auditions in Newcastle and London.

They were whittled down from 18 to nine acts, which will perform in front of celebrity judges including singer Alesha Dixon, former Spice Girl Mel C and presenter Denise Van Outen in a live semi-final tonight hosted by kids’ favourites Sam and Mark.

Viewers have already seen Flair on screen this week during the pre-recorded audition rounds.

People will now get to vote for their favourite and the winners will be crowned during the live final on Red Nose Day, tomorrow.

The youngsters and Shotton Hall’s head of performing arts, Andy King, travelled down to London yesterday and they are being put through their paces by vocal coaches David and Carrie Grant, from BBC1’s Fame Academy, and Sisco Gomez, ready for the live shows.

Mr King said Flair will be performing a medley of classics on the night.

He added: “These are five brilliant performers, who have all been students with us for the last five years, and they given a huge amount of time, effort and a massive commitment to a whole range of performing arts activities.

“It has been a great pleasure to work with them all, they are a credit to themselves, and we are incredibly proud of their achievement.

“This is the epitome of their hard work over the past five years and they are incredibly excited.”

Comic Relief Does Glee Club is on BBC1 each night this week at 5.15pm.

Details of how to vote will be made available on-screen on Friday.

To see footage of Flair performing in the audition rounds, visit www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and click on the link at the bottom of this story.