Choir members on song for final
Workmates Mick Sneath and Jamie Turner will be singing to win when they take to the stage for the final of a TV choral competition next week.
With colleagues from Severn Trent, they will be performing in front of 3,000 people in the hope of being named champions of BBC 2 show The Choir: Sing While You Work.
The Leicestershire men were at the heart of the water company's choir, which wowed the judges with a high octane performance of If My Friends Could See Me Now, from the musical Sweet Charity.
Tenor Jamie Turner, 22, from Thurcaston, said: "It was awesome, really electric. When we came off stage we were all jumping."
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Choral maestro Gareth Malone gave each of the competing choirs less than four weeks to prepare a song to be performed in front of the three expert judges – Manvinder Rattan, Ruby Turner and Ralph Allwood.
The water company ensemble was the first to sing at the 2,000-seater Colston Hall, in Bristol.
Jamie said: "We thought we would be difficult to beat. I don't think we have ever sung it so well. It was hard to sing the harmonies and the movements at the same time, but I think we pulled it off."
Taking to the stage first gave the Severn Trent workers the chance to listen in the wings to the others.
Jamie said: "We had never heard them before and it was quite a revelation how good they were."
Bass singer Mick Sneath, 49, from Oadby, said: "It was difficult performing in a big hall to just three people. But we were pretty pleased how it went.
"We were determined to do well so we could have the chance to sing it in the final on Thursday's programme.
"Whatever the result, we have all really enjoyed the experience and want to continue singing."
After hearing the four choirs, judge Manvinder Rattan told the Seven Trent Water singers: "Wow. We all thought that was a really spirited and engaging performance."
Gareth was also very complimentary about the water company performance.
But he said the fear of being eliminated had helped all the contestants to up their game.
After the semi-final result was announced, Gareth said: "They were all cracking performances."
The final is on BBC2 on Thursday at 9pm.