LITTLE Mix may have won the real thing, but talented students proved they also had the X Factor in an annual singing competition that gives a Blyth academy’s top performers a chance to shine.
Students from Bede Academy attended auditions to qualify for the glittering finale in front of a packed audience.
They performed before an enthusiastic audience, their mentors and a panel of judges, who found it more difficult than ever to choose between the acts.
Stunning performances included renditions of songs by Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Elton John and Adele.
The artists were mentored by the academy’s own panel of judges, teachers Emma Johnson, Andrew Moore, Vicky Alsop and Charlotte Gibbs.
There was also a surprise performance by the Unwanted, a teachers’ send-up of the popular band The Wanted.
After careful deliberation by the judging panel, including Rotary Club of Blyth chairman George Charlton, the winner was announced as 11-year-old Olivia Logan, who performed the Leona Lewis hit Run.
She said: “I have always loved singing and would love to be a performer one day.
“I thought everyone was fantastic and I didn’t think I stood a chance.”
Rebecca Coulthard came second and Jasmine Evans was third.
Principal Gwyneth Evans said: “The level of talent we witnessed in the final was staggering.
“Every single act would have been a winner in previous competitions and I was really moved by just how good our students were.
“The audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I have high hopes for the futures of the performers.”