The Voice star will.i.am has some serious competition from this talented primary school posse
They might still be at primary school but these youngsters are taking on Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am at his own game.
Children from Westfield Primary School in Cottingham, near Hull, show off their killer dance moves and musical talent in the video.
Wearing will.i.am’s trademark fedora and even including FLAMES in the video cover of the superstar’s single, Fiyah, the pupils hope the man himself will see their musical efforts.
The 10 and 11-year-olds donned their own monochrome outfits like performers in the The Voice judge’s music video, and dug out their own props – including mobile phones.
The main difference between the two three-minute clips is the setting.
The Year 6 pupils have swapped will.i.am’s pubs and cobbled streets – shot on the Coronation Street set in Salford – for classrooms and the playground.
Deputy Headteacher Matthew Garnett said the children, who will all move on to secondary school after the school year ends in two weeks, are now hoping their version of the song will be seen by the music producer himself.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: “We launched it on social media last night and we’ve told the children we’re going to do what we can to get will.i.am to see it.
“We are on a mission to have our remake of the will.i.am video viewed by the man himself.
“Every year at the end of term we ask the children to mime along to a pop song for a video we put together to play before the start of the end of year performance, and we give them a DVD of it they can take home.
“But this is the first year we’ve also mimicked the choreography.”
Mr Garnett said they had to use three different cameras, a drone, and more sophisticated editing software than they have used before to shoot the film.
“The children learned the choreography in their PE lessons over four or five weeks and we filmed it across two days,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve attempted something this ambitious.”
Mr Garnett said they chose the popular hit because it was a catchy tune the children liked, and the choreography was not too difficult to follow.
He said: “We like to choose a contemporary pop song the children know and have listened to, and something where the lyrics were ok as well.
“A lot of the children watch The Voice and know who will.i.am is and ‘Fiyah’ already, and he choreography on the video wasn’t too complicated.”
Mr Garnett said he was proud of what the children had achieved and it would give them a fond memory for them to look back on school with.
“They might not remember things like SATs but they might remember doing this,” he said.
“SATs don’t really take into account talents like singing, dancing and acting but doing something like this gives the children the chance to show off those talents.
“We’ve done it three or four years now and the children love doing it and the parents love it. It is always sad when the children leave but it gives them something to remember school by.”
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