A TALENTED teen is determined to make it in the music business after getting through two rounds of preliminary auditions of the X Factor.
Wannabe rapper Matty Kitching queued for hours to audition for the hit television talent show at The Sage, in Gateshead, which has produced global stars like Leona Lewis and One Direction.
The 18-year-old, who is an active member of Red Dreams – a town based charity for musically talented youths – performed one of his own songs, Never Stand Alone, which he penned in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.
The programme’s researchers were impressed with Matty, who lives on the Central Estate, in Hartlepool, and put him through to the next round.
But he fell at the next hurdle when the researchers – who carry out the preliminary auditions instead of the likes of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole – said there were too many rap artists that had been put through, and he was sent home.
Even so, the experience has given the former Dyke House College of Technology pupil a taste of stardom.
Matty, who is studying plumbing at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “It was really nerve-wracking but I really enjoyed it.
“I want to be a star one day, and it’s made me realise that I definitely want to stay on the road of music.
“I was really happy to get through into the second round and although I got knocked out it’s given me some good experience.
“I will carry on,” he pledged.