Monday 21 August 2017

Student gospel choir from Portsmouth latest Pitch Battle winners

The singers performed guest judge Seal’s Kiss From A Rose.

(Kieron McCarron/BBC)
(Kieron McCarron/BBC)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

A gospel choir made up of students from Portsmouth have become the latest group to reach the final of BBC singing talent show Pitch Battle.

Portsmouth University Gospel Choir – led by forensics student Heaven – beat Milton Keynes-based Perfect 6th in the final battle of Saturday night’s show.

After four other choirs were eliminated in a series of rounds, the remaining two groups took it in turns to perform guest judge Seal’s Kiss From A Rose before he joined Portsmouth University Gospel Choir on stage, indicating they had won the episode.

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Seal and the judges applaud the winners (Kieron McCarron/BBC)

Seal said: “In every performance you look for what I call the money moment, that magic moment and in the second verse you stayed true to the song and you owned it and that was enough to push you over the edge.”

The group will now return with Seal in the live grand final at the end of the month.

Perfect 6th are still in with a chance of reaching next month’s grand final as the judges will offer one of the runners-up a wild card entry.

:: Pitch Battle returns on Saturday July 15 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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