THORNTON’S Ashley Club proved it had talent – and there wasn’t a dancing dog in sight.
More than 400 acts applied to take part and 56 were chosen to battle it out over 12 weeks for the F Factor title.
Only seven made it to the final and saw a full house and an electric atmosphere.
“The hardest task of all was for the judges to decide who was going to win on the night,” said judge Dave Hughes from Starsnow. “I’ve never seen so much wonderful talent, and what a wonderfully organised events.
Tanya Lawrence from SBK Music, representing a national network of 63 schools said she was thoroughly delighted at the high standard of entrants.
Local vocalist Ryan Cregan, who represented the younger view on the judges panel said: “There was only a couple of points between them all and deciding the outcome was extremely difficult.”
Host and compere Stuart McNeil of Blackpool-based Big One Productions immediately promised it would be back next year “bigger and better.”
The winner, Chloe Walker, aged 17 from Preston, clinched the £700 cash prize, plus a case of champagne with her version of I Know Where I’ve Been from the musical Hairspray and was ecstatic with the result.
Tres Belle, a girl group from Castleford, sang Teenage Dirtbag to win the second prize of £200 cash plus champagne. Third prize went to 14-year old Amy-Jo-Clough from Bolton-le-Sands who sang her version of Someone Like You to claim £100 cash and champagne.
The other finalists were Amy Falkner, Melissa Holden, Brandon Millar and young soprano Chloe Ann Foster.
“It was a great evening and every finalist deserved their place there,” said Stuart McNeil. “We all owe a big thank you to the Ashley Club for putting up the prizes, and applications will be available online from http://www.bigoneproductions.org.uk in July for next year’s F Factor.”