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Billie Thompson St Helens College’s Performing Arts student, Billie Thompson, is bursting with excitement after performing on ITV’s biggest talent show, the X Factor.

The young performer is a star in the making. Driven by a dream to be on stage.

Talented Billie, from Crosby, auditioned for the show with her twin sister, Charlie, back in July, where the two made the trip down south, to attend their audition at Wembley Arena in London. Here they faced with the daunting task of performing in front of the star-studded panel of Judges, including, the iconic Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Field, and Robbie Williams.

Billie and her sister, were up against some serious contenders from across the globe. But shaking off their nerves, they put on an outstanding performance that wowed the arena. The judges, however, felt their talents would be the perfect fit for a girl group, and so their group “Sweet Sense” was born, seeing them combined with three other solo singers that had auditioned.
The girls were thrown into the challenge of having to learn a brand new song in just two days with their new group, something which Billie felt prepared for, with thanks to her course at St Helens College. Billie has to learn, and turn around songs in just a day on her course, and has received help with controlling and utilising nerves, ready for her performances.

Billie with tutor Andrew Dickson
Billie with her Performing Arts tutor, Andrew Dickson

Her success didn’t end there, after making the cut to the next round, the girls smashed their way through the boot camp round, which meant they were to face the dreaded “Six Chair Challenge”, which hit our screens last Saturday.

The group put on another crowd pleasing performance, fighting nail and tooth, for Judge Robbie’s last chair, which was already taken by another group of contestants. It was a nervous moment for Billie and her group, with their future hanging by a thread. It was Robbie who gave them the news that they would be taking the final chair and soon the reality kicked in that they would be travelling to Los Angeles, America, to Judges Houses, to fight for their place on the X Factor live shows!

Growing up around a large musical family, Billie has always had a love for performing, whether that be singing, dancing or acting, it’s something she’s loved from an early age, and was the reason why she chose to study on the Performing Arts course at St Helens College.

Always having her heart set on St Helens College, Billie makes the dedicated 2 hour journey every day to St Helens, as she explains: “I get two buses every day to College, it may seem a lot to others but to me it’s worth every minute. Making sure I receive the necessary support and guidance I need for my personal growth and learning was everything to me, and I felt St Helens College was the perfect place for this!”

Billie with our Connecting Classroom to Career Ambassador, Caitlin
Billie with our Connecting Classroom to Career Ambassador, Caitlin
Billie couldn’t speak highly enough of the college, further adding: “St Helens College has given me so many opportunities. I can’t fault the teaching staff; they have outstanding tutors who not only teach but watch and observe people, they form bonds with their students. Our course is a family, no one is singled out, you’re comfortable and encouraged to be your full self, and that is what I love.”

Performing Arts tutor, Andrew Dickson, commented: “The Performing Arts Department and St Helens College have been supporting Billie throughout her journey. We wish her every success, and couldn’t be more proud of her achievements. Billie has undeniable star quality, alongside going through this process, she has still been attending her course and remains focussed on her studies. She is a diligent student. This is only the beginning of her journey to success.”

Billie’s performance at Robbie’s LA home, featuring guest judge David Walliams will air on ITV this weekend.