A TALENTED young singer from Hartlepool has a big future ahead of him after he appeared on one of Britain’s biggest TV talent shows.
Nick Dixon was watched by millions when he went on The Voice on BBC One at the weekend.
The 17-year-old got past 30,000 other hopefuls to be picked by the show’s producers to perform before The Voice’s celebrity judges.
He sang I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz in the show’s blind audition where the judges, including Tom Jones and Jessie J, listen only to the contestant’s voice before deciding if they want to coach them.
Sadly, Nick was not chosen by any of the judges, but he received plenty of praise given his young age and was encouraged to try again next year.
He was just 16 when the show was filmed in Manchester last December making him one of The Voice’s youngest contestants.
Tom Jones told him: “I think you have a big career in front of you.”
Nick, of Seaton Carew, said: “After watching the show last year I decided to enter.
“I had to go to auditions with the producers first in London and they picked me for the blind audition.
“I was really nervous but also excited as well. I was disappointed not to get through but it was an amazing experience.
“I got some really good comments and I’m pretty pleased. I will definitely enter next year.”
He was watched backstage by mum and dad Jeanette and Dave Dixon, who stood alongside host Holly Willoughby.
Nick, who is studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, was filmed at Red Dreams in Hartlepool for the show.
Red Dreams founder Dawn McManus told how the charity for creative young people has boosted his confidence.
She said: “It was a tough show because everybody else came from professional backgrounds, but Nick did brilliantly.”
Nick has been singing since he was five when he won a talent competition on holiday with his family.
He said: “When I get up on stage I am more excited than nervous. Singing is my favourite thing to do, it is all I want to do.”