On Tuesday, over 600 members of the Rossall community travelled to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for the annual House Singing Competition.
This year’s competition promised to be the best ever, as each House had been hard at work for over two months, perfecting their dance routines, vocals and secret surprises.
When Miss Young appeared on stage to start the proceedings, the staff and students erupted in thunderous applause – a very good sign.
Dragon opened the competition with a solid performance of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’. The boys of Spread Eagle followed, with Fun’s ‘We Are Young’, and had the audience in stitches, carrying each other off the stage on their closing line.
The ladies of Wren burst onto the stage with an all-singing, all-dancing performance of Kenny Loggin’s ‘Footloose’. Their intricate moves, matching cowboy hats and House-coloured confetti earned the girls a well deserved third place in the competition.
After seeing a lacklustre performance of MF’s song at Mad Night, the boys surprised everyone and brought the house down, with a revised version of Macdon’s ‘Beggin’ which included some excellent dance moves.
A tough act to follow, the girls of Dolphin performed Olly Mur’s ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ beautifully in sync, bringing a classic ‘House Singing’ feel to the day.
The boys of Pelican had a great time performing their song, ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire. They cleverly changed the lyrics to, “Do you remember? The 21st night of November”. It was great to see them all enjoying themselves – exactly what House Singing is all about!
The eventual winners of the competition, Rose House, took to the stage to perform their very polished rendition of Jamelia’s ‘Superstar’ which included a rap from School Captain, Amber Brown, and Rose House Captain, Lot Swarts.
Finally, it was the former champions, Maltese Cross’s turn to grace the stage. The boys chose One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ and their difficult routine landed them second place in the competition.
During the judge’s deliberations, our wonderful Junior School, provided entertainment by performing ‘Golden Days’ by Simon Cox.
As the audience waited patiently for the judges to appear and announce the winners, three members of Common Room walked out onto the stage. It did not take the students very long to work out what was happening and as the rest of the Common Room appeared from the wings, you could not hear the music through the screaming! The staff performed Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’, which included a waltz from Mr Bradley and Mr Pryor. It was a fantastic performance that earned the members of Common Room a standing ovation.
After the crowd had settled, Mrs Katie Lee and Mrs Val Senior appeared on stage to announce the top three performances before the staff and students finished the day by singing The Carmen.
A great day was had by all. Well done to all students for their hard work. The judges commented on how difficult it was to choose a winner, as every House performed superbly.