Pupils are so Glee-ful about singing contest

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WHAT do you do when you are entering one of Portsmouth’s most exciting talent shows and the song you’ve set your heart on has X-rated lyrics?

Simple. Change the words and turn the song around to make it a big celebration of everything that’s great about this city.

That’s exactly what youngsters at Priory School in Southsea have done for this year’s entry to the Portsmouth Schools Glee Competition, which is being held at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday.

The team of 12 girls aged 11 to 16 years have been practising hard to learn the lyrics to The Pompey Song set against the melody of Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song.

Waxing lyrical about the sights of Southsea – rather than the naughty antics of a couch potato – the bright young things hope their unique strategy will earn them extra brownie points.

Ilar Rahimikia, 13, who is performing one of the verses as a solo, said: ‘I’m really proud of The Pompey Song because we’ve made it our own.

‘Everyone in the group contributed to ideas for the new set of lyrics which are really positive and upbeat, and express how we feel about this great city.

‘My favourite bit is where it describes going to the beach with friends – I do that a lot.’

Darcy Leake is a big fan of the hit TV series that has inspired the competition and is looking forward to the big showdown.

She said: ‘It’s great that we’re going on stage with our own lyrics, which will make the whole experience a lot better and a nice surprise.

‘It’s such a catchy song and everyone knows the tune, but at least now it’s not rude!’

Singing teacher Bubsie Yates is confident the Priory Vocal Group will perform brilliantly on the night.

She said: ‘The competition is such an amazing opportunity for young people to perform to a big audience in a terrific venue.

‘We hope they all like our original take on The Lazy Song.’

The competition, run by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, will also feature choirs from Miltoncross, City of Portsmouth Girls’ School, St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport and Crookhorn College of Technology.

Tickets to the 7pm show cost £8 and can be bought from the box office on (023) 9282 4355 or online at portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.