THE battle of the budding pop stars raged at Blackpool Sixth Form College this week.
Songbirds from the Blackpool Old Road site when head to head in a thrilling live sing off final in a bid to be crowned Pop Wannabe 2011.
A group of 10 performers faced a packed hall at Palatine School in front of three specially selected judges.
The students: Lucy Roberts, Chloe O’Donnell, Valerie Hlomayi, Beccy Denby, Mitchell Percival, Maxine Thistleton, Melissa Holden, Jack Swann-Connor, Becky Meek and Lucia Rojek sang their hearts out in the hope of securing vital votes.
In the end a young swinger sealed the deal as ratpack fan Jack Swann-Connor stole the Pop Wannabe Crown.
His version of Michael Buble’s Feeling Good swayed the judges’ decision in his favour in a fiercely fought competition.
Jack, 17, from Cunliffe Road in Marton said: “It’s fantastic to have won, the standard this year was really high.
“Some of the other performers were getting massive cheers in the final so I was really shocked when I won.
“I love ratpack music so sang the Michael Buble version of Feeling Good but I can sing pretty much anything.
“I have entered about three talent competition but this is the first one I’ve won, it was a really good experience.”
The competition was held at Palatine as the sixth form centre waits for its new performance space to be completed.
All the performers sang their hearts out and Melissa Holden won second place with her cover of Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love.
Becky Meek soared into third place with her rendition of Nobody Knows by Pink.
Facing tough decision in the final were The Gazette’s entertainment editor Robin Duke, college principal Felicity Greeves and head of Performing Arts and Music Ian Carten.
Jennifer Waterworth, music teacher at Blackpool Sixth Form said: “We were delighted with how well the competition went. Since the inaugural event, the standard of this contest has risen year on year and 2011 was no exception. All the young people shone and displayed professionalism, dedication and above all quality. We are very proud of all our finalists and all the young people who entered.”