The 'L' Factor

posted 1 Dec 2008, 09:14 by   [ updated 4 Dec 2008, 14:47 by South Edinburgh Net Admin ]
Liberton High School put on a talent show to end all talent shows last month as L Factor fever swept through South Edinburgh.

This year’s event saw a glittering series of performances complemented by an array of celebrity judges, including Grant Stott and Sandi Thom.

The show opened with a performance by winner of the L Factor for the past two years, Jack Robertson, before thirteen acts contested this year’s title.

The judges’ verdict was delivered and the initial prizes went to fifth year Uni Kim (third place), who  performed McFly’s The Heart Never Lies and fellow fifth years Ian McBain and Cecily Kingston, who claimed second place and a fantastic prize donated by Red Dog Music. Their rendition of ‘The Prayer’ by Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli really raised the bar for all other performers.

Finally the result everyone was waiting for, the winner. The top prize and a day recording at the Sound Café Studio were won by fifth year Kirsty Evans (right). who sang a fantastic version of Snow Patrols ‘Chasing Cars’ which really won the crowd and the judges over.

Kirsty later discovered she had also won the opportunity to perform at a concert in January at the Liquid Room alongside Sandy Thom.

She said, “I was just so surprised to win. My music teacher Mr McCorquodale recommended the song I performed because he thought it would suit my voice, but I didn’t think I’d get first place.”

Of the opportunity to meet Sandi Thom at the show, she said, “I really liked her music and to meet her was great. She just told us not to be nervous and to take deep breaths.

“It’s really strange, I never expected it at all. I’m looking forward to performing with Sandi, but I’m sure I’ll be nervous, especially as all my family and friends will be coming to the gig.”

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Kirsty's winning performance