|Danyl Johnson Update|
Danyl Johnson returned to Elstree on Tuesday 17th November, his second visit since he started on his X-Factor journey. The school and Danyl's ex dance pupils featured on the 'home visit' section of the TV programme on Saturday 21st November.
Alfie, Barney, Barnaby, Daniel, Henry, James, Lucas, Patrick, Richard and Thomas were able to ask questions of Danyl and all said that they enjoyed watching the X-Factor, not only because it meant that they could stay up later than usual!
Danyl said that he missed Elstree, that he has fond memories of teaching the boys here and is very proud of them. Danyl is finding the show really exciting especially as he has met so many amazing people. When asked whether he feels nervous Danyl replied that he does, especially just before he is about to go on stage. His biggest fear is that he will forget his words but, because of the amount of practice that he has done and once he has the adrenaline rush of facing a live audience, he knows that he will be OK. He told the boys to believe in themselves, to follow their dreams and to work hard for what they aspire to.
In an article in the Reading Post newspaper for 11th November pupils have spoken out in support of Danyl. For the boys who had dance lessons with Danyl he was something of a role model, a popular, generous and inspiring teacher who made dance lessons enjoyable and entertaining.
‘He was a very popular and relaxed teacher,’ remembered dance pupil Piers, aged 13. ‘The comments from Danni, Cheryl and the public that he’s cocky seemed rather harsh to me. Whenever he taught us he was always good fun and made dancing enjoyable.’
For Patrick, aged 12, Danyl was, ‘A very kind dance teacher who always made the lessons fun and exciting – we learnt some great dance moves!’
‘I think he is a great teacher,’ added Ali, aged 13, ‘he was enthusiastic, had great humour and he made dancing cool and fun.’
‘Danyl was an amazing dance teacher, he taught us to do flips and other amazing dance moves,’ recalled Thomas, aged 8.
Danyl Johnson is not the first Pop star talent to emerge from Elstree. Legendary singer songwriter James Blunt was a pupil at Elstree School from 1982 until 1987. While Blunt’s rock star potential went unnoticed by the school during his school days, he is remembered fondly for his contribution as Head of Choir.
We will have to wait to see what Danyl’s ultimate success will be, but in the meantime, his dance pupils are unanimous in thinking that he will win the competition.