Religious dance makes girls into X Factor stars

Teacher Phil Webb introduces four of his pupils whose classroom educational video aid ended up in the X Factor advert break. (left to right), Millie Sampson (15), Holly Mongan (14), Courtney Simmonds (14), and Claudia Calladine (14)
Teacher Phil Webb introduces four of his pupils whose classroom educational video aid ended up in the X Factor advert break. (left to right), Millie Sampson (15), Holly Mongan (14), Courtney Simmonds (14), and Claudia Calladine (14)
Portsmouth Grammar School pupils, back from left  to right: Sam Rush, Oliver Clark, Hermione Barrick, Michaela Clancy, Ilana Berney, Lizzy Greenfield, Charlotte Phillips, Grace Goodfellow, Caleb Barron, Robert Merriam. Front row, left to right: Katie Morrison, Gemma Webb, Lana Watt, Alfie Perry-Ward

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FOUR youngsters have led a merry dance to propel their class on to national television.

Fourteen year-olds Courtney Simmonds, Holly Mongan and Claudia Calladine, and Milly Sampson, 15, have proved they have the X Factor after their dance was chosen to be shown during a break in the Saturday night talent show.

They and fellow classmates from Brookfield Community School, in Sarisbury Green, will be broadcast doing a dance inspired by their religious education classes as one of the videos shown on the Talk Talk clips, to be screened before an advert break tonight.

Courtney, from Titchfield, said: ‘We have a dance based on the Christian view of the creation story. We videoed it and our teacher Mr Webb sent it off to Talk Talk. They told us we’ll be on. It’s very exciting. I’ll watch with my family – we’re going to record it.’

The four girls, backed by their classmates, perform actions to represent the seven days of the creation story, starting with darkness and light, then including the sky, the earth, and the oceans, plants, the sun, moon and stars, then birds and fish, animals and people. They then portray God resting on the seventh day.

RE teacher Phil Webb explained: ‘We’ve done it for a few years now. The children find it a helpful way to remember. The first year we did it, some pupils did the actions during their RE GCSE exam. We video it so we can see what the dance looks like and I thought it would be nice to send it to the X Factor Talk Talk team. I watch the show. It’s exciting the girls have been chosen.’

Holly, from Sarisbury Green, added: ‘The dance helps us revise.

‘It was embarrassing at first, but it was fun.

‘I’m looking forward to watching it.

‘I’ve told everyone. Me and my family will watch it together. I’m looking forward to seeing myself on TV.’

Milly, from Locks Heath, said: ‘I didn’t tell my family, because I know they will watch anyway. I want to see their faces when they see me.’

Claudia, from Sarisbury Green, said: ‘We’re all looking forward to being on TV. And we will be again, I hope.’