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The hall at the John Kyrle High School was packed out on Saturday to watch the exciting finals of the school's very popular, annual X-Factor contest. It goes without saying that there is huge musical talent amongst the students of John Kyrle and this was apparent in the performances given on Saturday evening. After a series of elimination rounds, the finalists were, Lucas Abbott, Natalie Powles, Bridie Hall, Vic Bailey, Rysha Flint, Tom Vines, Ellen Humby and Holly Clack. It was hard to choose between them all but in the end, three beautiful and talented young ladies got another chance to prove their worth, Vic Bailey, Natalie Powles and Rysha Flint.

Vic Bailey has a very powerful voice and appears at ease keeping an audience entertained. Newcomer to the X-Factor, Natalie Powles also did very well. Her final song was a Beyonce number, which she opted to sing without any backing tracks. The winner at the end of the night however, was Rysha Flint who sang her own beautiful composition, 'Princess.' Surprisingly, Rysha didn't expect to win and only had two songs prepared for the evening. She had to think of another song rather quickly and decided upon her own material, which I think everybody will agree did her ability as a singer and song writer the justice she deserved and won. Well done Rysha.

Apart from the talented students who love to enter this great contest there are many other people who put in a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, we cannot name everybody, but Dave Chatwin and Mrs. Markey, it has to be said, once again brilliantly compered the event. Harvey Powell returned to the sound and lighting desk on his break from University and he and Rees Williams did a wonderful job. The judges included one of last year's winners, Bekki Steele and they performed their very difficult task well. The success of the night itself though was due to the huge audience who all clapped, cheered and encouraged the contestants all the way, whilst helping to raise funds for the school's friends in Uganda.

Below, you can watch Rysha's performance of her own song, 'Princess'. Brilliant! Your win was well deserved!

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This year's JKHS X-Factor winner, Rysha Flint performing her own composition, 'Princess' on Saturday.

Vic Bailey has a powerful voice.

Natalie Powles bravely sings Beyonce, acappella.

Rysha Flint has a wonderful talent.

Compere, Dave Chatwin chats to the three finalists as they nervously await the results.

All of the X-Factor finalists on stage waiting to hear who has won the contest.

Another extremely well attended X-Factor at John Kyrle High School on Saturday.
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