Pupils in Shepherd's Bush couldn't believe their eyes when the judges for their school talent contest turned out to be X-Factor star Olly Murs and JLS heartthrob Oritsé Williams.
Despite tight security surrounding the pop idols' appearance at St Stephen's Primary, word got out among their most devoted followers, and an excited throng gathered to glimpse their arrival.
The singers were joined by TV presenter and former Hammersmith pupil Davina McCall on the judging panel for St Stephen's Got Talent, making for a nerve-wracking contest as the six-to-11-year-old contenders battled it out on stage.
The winner was nine-year-old comedian Jude White, who Olly Murs said had a 'big future ahead of him' after witnessing his routine. Second place went to 10-year-old Zakia Folsen for her moving piano recital of the theme from the hit film Amelie, and the bronze went to Ruhama Habte for a stunning rendition of the Train song, Hey Soul Sister.
A packed audience crammed into the school on Friday, March 4 to witness the routines and catch the stars up close and personal.
Head teacher Michael Schumm said: "It was an incredible night for the school. The children loved every minute of it and really learnt what it was like to be part of a professional show. The judges were so encouraging and enthusiastic, even when I did a dance, which must have taken them a bit by surprise. I couldn’t resist."
Cash raised from the afternoon show will be spent on sound and lighting equipment at St Stephen's.