A STUDENT has battered her rivals to scoop first place in a national talent competition.
Brooke Redford, 20, of Mount Pleasant, Washington, defeated scores of participants to be named Chip Factor champion 2011.
The singing contest – based on ITV’s X Factor – was launched as part of National Chip Week and it involved competitors selecting an anthem from the Love Chips website and belting out the chip lyrics in a local fish and chip shop.
Each effort was recorded on camera, with the resulting video being uploaded on to the internet for the public to judge.
Brooke, who studies health and social care at Shiney Row College, said: “My dad owns Redz fish and chip shop in Newton Aycliffe, so I decided to sing my song there.
“The shop was still open when I recorded the song and people looked at me as if I was crazy. I sang Delilah by Tom Jones, but the lyrics had been changed to match the chip theme on the website.
“Instead of singing ‘Why, why, why Delilah’ we had to sing ‘Fry, fry, fry potatoes’.”
The Chip Factor champion was chosen by former X Factor contestant Andy Abraham, who picked his favourite entry from the five videos that received the most online votes.
First prize was a holiday worth up to £4,000, where the winner had the opportunity to sample some chips anywhere in the world.
As part of the prize, Brooke is planning to jet off to the Caribbean.
Dad George is proud of her achievements. “Brooke won the online voting by 10 votes, but the overall result was still not cut and dry,” said the 49-year-old chip shop owner.
“The five videos that received the most online votes moved on to the next stage of the competition, where Andy selected the overall winner.
“We received a phone call to say that Brooke had won. I was absolutely delighted, but when she first heard the news she thought it was a wind-up. She was completely overwhelmed.”