Free Radio has been ‘doing a X-Factor’ on local primary school choirs, looking for the best in the region in time for Christmas.
Over the past three months the station has been around the West Midlands looking for the best primary school choirs to crown ‘Free Radio Christmas Stars 2013’. The winners were whittled down from 70 schools that battled it out on-air and Free Radio listeners chose their three favourites to go to the live finals.
Over 300 children took part, singing at old people’s homes, local supermarkets, train stations, assemblies and shopping centres to drum up support for their choir. The schools were encouraged to get involved in the community to get more votes online, resulting in 51,000 votes over the duration of the competition across the four stations.
Twelve schools made it to the live finals held on the 7th and 8th December 2013. Local schools in Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire, the Black Country and Shropshire, and Herefordshire and Worcestershire all works towards winning the Christmas Stars Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
As part of the winning prize the schools went to the Free Radio studio to record their song professionally, took a tour, learnt how to be a presenter and met HumFree, the Free Radio dancing hamster.
Free Radio presenter Russ Morris: ‘Congratulations to everyone who took part in the competition, it’s great to see communities coming together to support their local schools. It’s safe to say there are hundreds of little stars all over the West Midlands!’
Free Radio will be playing the winner’s songs in full on Christmas Day between 9am and 10am.