Forget The W Factor (Windrush Primary School) and The G Factor (Greenwich Council), Wednesday night (14 May 2008) proved there is only one talent contest that matters. The number one factor…The T Factor!
Trust Thamesmead's T Factor final, hosted by 103.7fm TGR Sound's breakfast morning radio show presenter Andy Sayers, saw 12 finalists perform to a full house of 400 people at Greenwich Theatre on Wednesday evening.
The performers ranging from a live band, solo singers and dance groups, aged 8-19 years old were all performing, hoping to go on to win the prestigious prize of performing in front of 20,000 people at this year's Trust Thamesmead Community Festival at Birchmere Park on Saturday 12 July.
Trust Thamesmead's Marketing and Communications Officer said: “Even though every one of the 12 acts wanted to win, they supported each other and cheered each other on, as did the crowd, which gave it a real community feel.”
The T Factor Co-ordinator Caroline Townsend said: “It was obvious at the auditions held in April that there would be a problem choosing just one winner, as Thamesmead has so much talent!
“It was agreed before the final that the judges would choose a third, second and first place winner - with the first place act supporting the main headline act at this year's Trust Thamesmead Community Festival.”
But even then the judges - Michelle Gayle, Trust Thamesmead Trustee Keeley Savill, Windrush Headmistress Jo Marchant and former T Factor winner GMA - couldn't choose and went on to pick a fourth and fifth winner.
Congratulations to the winners who will be performing on the main stage at this year's Trust Thamesmead Community Festival: Myztikal, Annastasia Baker, Simple Crush, Derry Shellam and Sam Coomber.
Trust Thamesmead's Chair Jackie Smith said: “It was a privilege to be present at The T Factor Final and experience so much talent. Thamesmead has so much to be proud of, I have no doubt that many of those performing will go on to great careers in music and dance.
“Well done to all of those who took part, and be prepared for the winners to rock the festival!”