Rock group Audio Hawk fought off nine other acts at Trust Thamesmead's T Factor Final which took place at Greenwich Theatre on Tuesday 15 May.
The rock trio made up of 12 year olds John Keating, John Arundel and Sean Folayan won the prestigious prize of supporting pop sensation, Jamelia in front of 20,000+ people at this year's Trust Thamesmead Summer Festival in Birchmere Park, Thamesmead on Saturday 14 July
The judges - ITV1's The X Factor top ten finalist Nikitta Angus who also performed two songs, Axis Europe Plc's Mark Mason, Deputy Head of Windrush Primary School Jo Marchant and Trust Thamesmead's very own Graham Bignell had a hard job picking the winner, who were up against solo artists, duos, trios, a dance group and a comedy double act, all of whom gave two top performances.
“There was so much talent” said Jo Marchant, “but there can only be one winner.”
“I can't believe it!” gasped Audio Hawk's lead singer and guitarist, John Keating on hearing the group had won The T Factor.
“Whoa!” said bass guitarist, John Arundel. “We really didn't think we'd win!”
So what does it take to be the top rock band in Thamesmead?
“A lot of practice,” said drummer, Sean. “We meet twice a week and practice for a minimum of two hours each time.”
“All three of us belong to other groups,” said John Keating, “They don't know we entered The T Factor but they will now. I think they will be happy for us.
“I can't believe we are going to be playing at the Trust Thamesmead Summer Festival. We are going to put a lot of practice in between now and then.
“I think we will be scared but we'll enjoy it - our music is all about having fun and feeling good.”
Well done to everyone who performed at this year's T Factor Final:
• Amanda Charlotte Mbende
• Georgia Collins
• Yasmine Guieme
• I Can Dance
• RTR Angels
• Sam Coomber
• Audio Hawk
• Bliss Zhawi and Mutsa Gwazai
• Black Diamond
Trust Thamesmead's Arts & Events Coordinator and T Factor Final host, Danny Thorpe said: “The T Factor contest has been amazing this year - we have unearthed so much hidden talent. I hope everyone sticks at it and enters The T Factor again next year.”
Highlights of Trust Thamesmead's T Factor Final will be broadcast on 103.7FM TGR Sound from 12:00pm on Friday 25 May.
Photos of all the finalists will be loaded at a later date.