Scunthorpe teenagers keen to become Telegraph's Class Act
FOUR star-struck teenagers carry the hopes of winning the Scunthorpe Telegraph's Class Act for their school.
The foursome will enter the contest for the town's St Bede's Catholic Voluntary Academy, which last won in 2011.
For Victoria Bella, 16, it will be the second year in succession she has represented her school.
Last year, the Polish-born singer who comes from a musical family was unplaced when she performed Time To Say Goodbye.
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But her mentors at St Bede's are predicting she will fare much better in the semi-finals at the town's Redbourn Club, where she will sing a cover version of the Beyonce hit I Was Here.
The school's hopes of repeating the 2011 success for Fiona Lamaudiere are also pinned on a trio who will perform their version of the Elton John classic Your Song.
Singing duo Mairead McHale and Ashleigh Vincent will be joined on stage by fellow 15-year-old student Connor Dunk on guitar.
In another boost for the 2013 Class Act show, the South Axholme Academy at Epworth will be entering the contest after an absence of seven years.
The youngsters from South Axholme will be joined by rival performers from the Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg, which has been a non-starter since 2006.
The search for the stars of tomorrow on the Epworth campus will be organised by the Parent Teachers' Association.
Spokeswoman Alison Haigh said the winners of the academy's annual fundraising talent show would go through to Class Act.
This year's semi-finals will be hosted by Rachel Day on Monday, April 29, and Thursday, May 9, and she will again take charge at the final on Thursday, May 30.
Class Act 2013 is sponsored by the Community trade union, Can-Pack UK and United Health, with the winners and their schools sharing £1,500 worth of prize money.