Yaz­dan takes the top TV show prize

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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.

Yaz­dan Qafouri

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