A choir competition with a difference took place yesterday, when Greenbridge Retail and Leisure Park hosted the ‘X-mas Factor’, an inter-school competition to find the choir with the most festive spirit in Swindon.
Three primary schools battled it out to be crowned ‘X-mas Factor champion 2007’, a title that was given to Colebrook Junior School for their renditions of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
While Simon, Sharon and Louis couldn’t make the performance, the ‘X-mas Factor’ had its very own VIP judges, including Councillor Michael Barnes, the Mayor or Swindon, GWR FM’s Simon Green and Father Christmas.
Each school had two strikes at impressing the judges but Colebrook stole the show for their well-rehearsed dance moves and Christmas cheer.
The show was compered by Jez and Roo from GWR FM’s breakfast show and a local brass band, Pegasus, were on hand to entertain the audience with popular Christmas carols while the judges deliberated over their decision.
Caroline Voaden, music coordinator at Colebrook Junior School, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won. Our choir has been practising so hard for weeks now so it’s a really great achievement for all of us.”
Lucy Jenkins, aged 9, from the winning choir (pictured), said: “I’m so excited we won! We didn’t expect to win at all. I’m going to celebrate by wearing my X-mas Factor t-shirt and going to our school Christmas party.”
Tim Kay, aged 10, added: “Santa was my favourite judge but he needs to go on a diet!”
Other schools that took part included Shaw Ridge Primary and Westlea Primary.
Ruth Thomas, spokesperson for Greenbridge, said: “Thank you so much to all the schools that took part for making the ‘X-mas Factor’ so memorable and for getting us all really in the mood for Christmas.”