Collier Row boy makes it to final of nationwide singing contest
09:19 17 July 2014
An aspiring rock star has been given the chance of a lifetime after he was put through to the grand final of a national singing contest.
Josh Gleaves, 12, from Collier Row, has made it to the final of Teenstar and now has the chance to grab the prize of £5,000 to spend on developing his act.
He said: “It was great to be put through and hopefully I’ll now get all the way and win the whole thing!”
Josh learned how to play violin at primary school but when he discovered he could sing he ditched the violin for something a little rockier, turning his talent towards the guitar and has been learning that instrument for more than a year.
He takes guitar lessons at his school The Royal Liberty in Upper Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, and often does busking on the streets of Romford in his spare time.
Josh said: “My guitar teacher is really proud of me and was shocked to hear that I earned £60 busking in just 50 minutes!”
He is taking part in the under 16s category in the contest.
He said: “I want to just go out there and give everything that I’ve got on the stage and, you never know, I might actually win!”
Josh will perform at the final tomorrow (Saturday) at the NEC in Birmingham and has decided to perform McFly’s The Heart Never Lies.
He said: “I chose this song because I like it and thought it would be a good way to show off my vocal range.”
To win the competition Josh needs the combined highest ranking from both audience and judges’ votes.
To vote for Josh text ‘TEEN17’ to 84222 (text votes are UK-only and cost £1 plus one message at your standard operator rate).