Dotty in dreamland over boy band video
A10-YEAR-OLD fan starred in her favourite band’s new video after the storyboard she designed won a national competition.
Dotty Davies, of Cowpe, is a huge New Hope Club fan and an avid viewer of TV show Blue Peter.
She had previously written a music video for her school Waterfoot Primary, earning her class an amazing trip to Majorca.
Dotty said the inspiration for the storyboard came from seeing Joe Suggs dancing to A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ on Strictly Come Dancing.
She said: “I enjoyed it so much I watched the original video.
“My storyboard started with a girl in a shabby cramped room, drawing a colourful picture of Christmas with her favourite band.
“As the video progresses she finds herself in the picture.”
Dotty was at her grandparents’ caravan when she got a call from CBBC to say she had won the competition.
She said: “I was jumping up and down, but I could only tell a few people that I had won and that was hard keeping it quiet.”
Dotty was invited down to the show at Salford Quays, where she met the cast of Nativity Rocks and Blue Peter presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell.
She got to be first assistant director at the shoot in Shoreditch, London, when her storyboard became a real video for ‘All I Want For Christmas’.
The producers liked her ideas so much they also cast Dotty in the video.
At one stage she has to spin round 15 times and she said it took 21 takes before producers were happy.
Dotty was born with talipes, which left her with a weak ankle; she also has hearing problems.
Since the age of three she has danced at Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup, and that has strengthened her ankle obviating the need for any operations.
The classes have also boosted her confidence.
As part of the competition, Dotty also had to write about her favourite engineer and she chose Dorotheé Pullinger – who started a college for women engineers and redesigned the car to be more suitable for women.
As a result she also won inventors’ kit from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and an orange Blue Peter badge.
Dotty, who saw New Hope Club at Manchester Arena, will be seen on the programme on Thursday, December 20 when the group’s Christmas single is launched.
●● Dotty Davies aged 10 from Cowpe, winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ competition
●● From left, George Smith, Reece Bibby and Blake Richardson from New Hope Club with Dotty
●● Dotty Davies and Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell on the video shoot