TALENTED PUPILS at St Colmcille's Boys National School in Swords have once again their undisputed perfoming abilities at the annual X-Factor competition.The event, organised by Audrey Harte, Lisa Hoey and Oliver Fitzmaurice, is one of the highlights of the school year for all members of the school community. After an exhaustive series of auditions, some 10 acts were chosen to appear before the judging panel of Padraig Durkan from Fingallians, Olympic boxer Conor Ahearne, double Paralympic medalist Catherine Walsh, Niamh Mc Cormack, a professional singer, and Angela Noonan, who chaired the panel. The school hall was thronged with pupils, staff and family members and there was a palpable sense of excitement as the countdown to the first act got underway. Each act was allocated three minutes in which to impress, and the judges and audience were enthralled by tremendous displays of enthusiasm, singing and dancing. There was a consensus among the judges that the overall standard was very high, but the purpose of the exercise was to ascertain the acts which had the XFactor, and so eventually the following acts were adjudged to be the winners. In third place was the quartet of Jack Tynan, James Doyle, Cianan Markey and Jack Doyle singing, Hey Soul Sister. Second place was awarded to Luke Meates for his rendition of Robbie Williams' 'Let me entertain you', and the winner was Steven Wang who sang Never Getting Back Together. At the interval, the audience was entertained by a choir drawn from third and fifth Classes who sang a medley of songs. At the conclusion, Audrey Harte congratulated the various participants and thanked all who helped to make this venture such a success. The school community will now turn its thoughts to preparations for the Multi- Cultural Evening in March when there will be further opportunities to enjoy the different talents of the school community at St Colmcille's BNS.