Platform Theatre School Vocal Ensemble wins Next Big Thing 2020

Thursday 6 February 2020

The Platform Theatre School Vocal Ensemble has been voted the Next Big Thing 2020

On Saturday February 1, the group of girls aged from 10 to16 performed a seamless medley of hits from much loved musicals in three-part harmony that thrilled the packed house at the Gaiety Theatre and impressed the judging panel with their professionalism, faultless timing and sheer entertainment value.

Together with the Next Big Thing 2020 trophy the ensemble won first prize of £500 cash sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Runner-up was 10-year-old Frank Joughin whose virtuoso performance on the electric fiddle won him £250 sponsored by Manx Professional and Educational Services Ltd.

Third place went to 15-year-old Grace Templer for her inspired interpretation and adaptation on electric cello of I don’t wanna be you anymore by Billie Eilish.

The grand final featured 13 acts and was sponsored by Paragon Recruitment, Ramsey Crookall and Energy FM and the programme by Conister Bank.

Judges were Paragon Recruitment’s Sue Tummon, Ramsey Crookall’s Joanna Crookall, dance teacher Mary O’Dea and former contestant now Next Big Thing ambassador Christian Cooper.

Opening the show was the Next Big Thing 2019, ZED – Zac Colligon, Ethan Whyley and David Livesey – who once again delighted the audience with a cleverly choreographed song and dance routine they arranged themselves.

Closing the evening was Douglas Choral Union performing numbers from their upcoming show, The Sound of Music.

Junior Achievement chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘This was the eighth year of the Next Big Thing and still we’re discovering some truly amazingly talented young people. From the first auditions to the grand final their hard work and passion for performing always shine through, as does the tremendous support of their families, friends and coaches.

‘The Next Big Thing is much more than a talent show, though. It’s become a community event like no other; one that has captured people’s hearts and minds and always attracts welcome support from the business community. I’m therefore extremely grateful to our sponsors for their generosity and for giving young artists this unique opportunity to experience performing before a live audience and showcase their talents on the famous Gaiety Theatre stage.’

Manx education charity Junior Achievement works in every primary and secondary school in the island, reaching some 5,500 students and helping them make the connection between education and the world of work.

To find out more about volunteering and the work of Junior Achievement contact Sue Cook, 666266, or visit