Bispham top club sees Emily play to win

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The Wow Factor - Bispham Conservative Club

TeenagE rising star Emily Adams put the “wow” into Bispham Conservative Club’s re-vamped annual talent search and deservedly walked away with the first prize of £700.

The slim and attractive youngster won over the Wow Factor audience and judges with a powerhouse voice which was just as much at home with Adele’s soulful Set Fire To The Rain as it was with the show stopping ballad I Dreamed A Dream.

Her well balanced set also included the classic Summertime and Dean Martin’s Rat Pack standard Sway.

Watch out for Emily, her combination of looking good and sounding great means, with a bit of stage grooming, she is a star in the making.

Pipped to the winning post was North Shore student Lucy Whigham. Already a winner at the Queens Hotel and a runner up at the Horseshoe Bar’s talent contest, her stage confidence increases with each appearance.

The petite performer is also brave enough to feature her own impressively commercial song – I Need You – and accompany herself on a guitar which is almost as big as she is.

Again an Adele song (Someone Like You) was well handled and her Eva Cassidy-styled revival of Wonderful World went well.

Opening an evening which could almost have been dubbed Let’s Hear It For The Girls was Rozalind Hampson. Another petite performer, her pleasant voice added little to material such as Dancing In the Street and Proud Mary – and she needs to use the stage more. The jazzy torch song At Last was a good set closer though.

Adding a touch of variety to the proceedings was Blackpool street dance act FYUK. A spirited and enthusiastic team of youngsters, they mix and match music and routines like a mini Diversity or Flawless but probably tried a little hard with the inclusion of some “audience participation” which slowed the proceedings down.

Fran Collins delivered a big performance and revealed a big voice.

Her rendition of Aerosmith’s Don’t Want To Miss A Thing set the tone for an old school clubland routine, though sticking with the evening’s second version of Proud Mary was short sighted. Better by far was Rizzo’s There Are Worse Things I Could Do solo from Grease but her revival of Snow Patrol’s Run required more subtlety.

Closing the evening was another female vocalist – Shauna. Another big voice and another singer who needs to develop her stage movement. Some of her familiar material could also do with an update.

Compering the evening was vocalist Vici Moran and providing the backing when needed was the club’s resident musician Alan Reid.

Robin Duke