BBC's The Voice finalist helps to star spot!

9th June 2015

BBC?s The Voice finalist, Emmanuel Nwamadi, took a turn in the judge?s seat this week, as he helped choose a winner at his former College?s annual talent show.

Student talent competition

Emmanuel, who studied music at Barking & Dagenham College in 2012, joined a packed audience at the Broadway Theatre on Friday night (22nd May) to watch ‘BDC’s Got Talent’, the annual event which showcases just what talented students the College has. In fact, Emmanuel himself took part in the College’s talent competition when he was a student - and won it!

Remi Moore wins £100 prize

Amongst the acts were singers, dancers, rappers and musicians who all put on fantastic performances for the crowd and judges. However, there could only be one overall winner and the £100 prize went to Remi Moore, 17, from Harold Wood, who is studying acting at the College, who sang ‘Titanium’ on the night. Her act was flawless and she finished the performance to huge applause from the audience.

Second place was given to fellow singer, Diamond Ogunbadejo, 17, from Romford and third place went to dancer, Natan Getachew Beyene Fogi, 16, from Dagenham.

Emmanuel, 24, from Forest Gate joined two other judges on the night, Sharon Harrison, a former vocal coach at the College who now co-runs Harrison Academy, a piano and vocal school and Jolaade Lewal, also a vocal coach and a former Barking & Dagenham College student herself.

Emmanuel offers words of advice to all the contenstants

Emmanuel commented:

“Being at the competition brought back so many memories. I’ve been where these students are. I’ve performed in this competition, so I know how they were feeling. Being a judge was hard because the amount of talent the student’s showed was amazing.

"Remi’s performance really captured and touched me though. She really made you believe the words she was singing. She should keep pushing and go forward with her music. It was a great event, I really enjoyed it.”

A future West End star!

Remi, who wants to be a West End performer when she finishes her studies said:

“I’ve always performed since I was little and I always get nervous, but when I’m on the stage all the nerves go and I enjoy it.

"All the other acts were so brilliant and talented I really never expected to win. I honestly would have been happy to come second or third to any of them. I’ve had the chance to learn from everyone who took part, which has been amazing, it was really great.”

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