Yazdan takes the top TV show prize
TALENTED Teessider Yazdan Qafouri and his fellow bandmates have bagged themselves a year’s contract as the stars of a new touring musical inspired by the songs of Take That.
Student Yazdan, from Great Ayton, is part of the band Five To Five which won the BBC 1 show Let It Shine.
The group fought off competition from the two other finalists, Nightfall and Drive, to be chosen by a public vote as the winners.
Head judge Gary Barlow, who has been developing the musical with former EastEnders star Jack Ryder, told the group: “You know we start work tomorrow morning, right? We go on stage in September in Manchester.”
Barlow was joined by former bandmates Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for a performance of their hit The Flood just before the result was announced.
Mr Williams, who had cancelled guest judging duties because of an ailment, still managed to perform and said that it was emotional to be back with his old group.
He said: “It was and is very emotional. Proper tears.
“It’s only because I’m on telly that I’m not welling up. I’ll go back to the dressing room and cry.”
Five To Five sang their way to victory with performances of You Can’t Stop The Beat from musical Hairspray and Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.
Speaking to The Gazette prior to the show, Yarm School student Yazdan, 18, said he and his fellow bandmates, AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg and Sario Solomon, were going to “pull out all the stops” to win the talent show.