Blackpool Music Service’s Pop Idol of the Year 2020
Blackpool Music Service has run this fabulous competition for the last 18 years and they were determined to continue to support local Blackpool children and their singing aspirations. So, this year, they offered a virtual competition.
Half of Blackpool’s Primary schools and 65% of our High Schools helped to prepare our young vocalists for competition and the final performances were amazing. Whilst some performances were in staged lights, make-up and costume, others were in various rooms in the competitor’s house. This in no way distracted from the wonderful talent we have in Blackpool and our congratulations go to all who participated.
Adjudicators Hayley Kay and Tracey Daniel both thoroughly enjoyed returning to the judges chairs and confirmed that such talent, drive and energy could only be experienced in sunny Blackpool.
They awarded their first prize to a fabulous all-round performance by Izzy Nicholson from Anchorsholme Academy of Megan Traynor’s ‘Dear Future Husband’. This was closely followed in second place by Stanley Primary School’s Lily-Mae Twist who performed ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’. A joint third place was awarded to Madison Eva from St John Vianney Catholic Primary School and Alana Holmes from Our lady of the Assumption catholic Primary School.
In the High School competition, first place was awarded to Maisie Costello from Unity Academy. Maisie also played guitar and wrote the original song called ‘Dad’. Both adjudicators applauded Maisie’s musicality and empathy for the song. Second place was awarded to Beatrice Davis from St Mary’s Catholic Academy for a wonderful rendition of ‘All I want’. Third prize was given to Bailey Fieldsend from South Shore Academy who was also the youngest high school performer.
Music Adviser Andrew White said that ‘the variety of songs and professional standards achieved by so many young children was outstanding and a real joy to both see and hear. With new singing opportunities planned for September we look forward to working with all our young vocal stars’.
Both winning performances can be seen on Blackpool Music Service website. Our thanks go to all staff, parents and Richard Moore for supporting, encouraging and making our first virtual competition so very enjoyable.