Evesham's Joshua and Ava among the W Factor winners - The Evesham Observer

Evesham's Joshua and Ava among the W Factor winners

Evesham Editorial 12th Mar, 2017   0

TALENTED young people from across the Vale wowed the crowds and the judges at this year’s W Factor final.

Pershore’s Number 8 Community Arts Centre was packed for the finale of this year’s competition which took place on Monday (March 6).

Now in it’s 10th year, the event saw 16 young people from across Wychavon compete in front of family and friends for the accolade of being crowned a winner in one of the four categories.

The judging panel who decided the winners was made up of dance specialist Vicki Porter, music specialist Abbey Inez and singer Tracey Norman.




They crowned 13-year-old Joshua Harris, from Evesham who attends The De Montfort School, as the winner of the 11 to 13-year-old singing category. Another Vale winner was 11-year-old Ava Piper, from Harvington, who won the dance category.

The W-Factor winners will now receive assistance with further training and will be invited to perform at events across Wychavon throughout the year.


Jenny Davis, Arts Development Officer at 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. It’s been wonderful to see the performers grow in confidence following on from the auditions.

“Although not everyone could be selected as a winner, every participant has achieved so much by getting through to the final stage of the competition and we would want to encourage those that didn’t win to try again next year.”

Tracy Norman, singing judge, said: “It was a high standard as usual and the task of choosing the winners was difficult. I enjoyed the diversity of music and dance and the young people that won are ones to look out for in the future.”

Ava Piper, winner of the dance category, said: “I lost myself in the dance and felt like no-one was watching, it was a great atmosphere.”

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