Star pupil, Yazdan Qafouri, dazzled judges with his performance of Ain't No Sunshine on BBC1's Let It Shine recieving 15 stars. Yazdan will now progress to the next stage of the competition (next Saturday) when the contestants collaborate with some of the UK’s most-loved artists including Busted, Beverley Knight, Melanie C, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs.
Five groups of eight individuals will perform with one of the guest artists. The judges will then select five individuals from each group to go through to the live finals.The show aims to find a boy band to be in Gary Barlow’s musical which will feature Take That songs.
Mr David Dunn, Headmaster, said: "Yazdan’s talent on stage and in the classroom has been apparent since he started at Yarm. He is very bright and, alongside a very impressive academic record he has performed in nearly every concert and took leading roles in all the musicals during his time at school. During the most recent musical, Guys and Dolls, he performed superbly in front of an audience of 750, three nights running in the school’s Princess Alexandra Auditorium. On top of that, Yazdan is a lovely person who gets on with all members of the school extremely well.
We are delighted for Yazdan! The whole school is behind him and we hope he goes far in this competition – we know he has a bright future on the stage!"