TALENTED teenager Michael Rice is one step closer to achieving his dreams.
The 15-year-old featured in the Mail when he made it through to the regional stages of the 2013 Teen Star competition.
And now the Dyke House Sports and Technology College student is preparing for yet another audition after qualifying for the next stage.
Michael is now just one step away from making it to the grand final, to be held at London’s O2 Arena where the winner will pick up a cheque for £5,000 and a prestigious publicity and promotional package.
“I am beginning to dream about making it that far now,” admitted Michael, who lives in the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool with his mum, Stephanie Langley, 31, step-dad, Ste Langley, 41, his younger brothers, Cameron Rice, 13, and Ethan Langley, four, his eight-year-old sister, Ellie Rice.
“The audition went well, but I was just so pleased when they told me I had made it through.”
Confident Michael performed his own song while playing the piano at the audition.
The judges hailed his bravery for playing his own material and told him they liked the song - but said his very first audition, where he performed a cover, was the best.
He has now got more than a month to prepare for the next stage, which will also be held at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, in Newcastle, like the regional round, and said he thinks he is going to sing Oasis hit Stop Crying Your Heart Out.
People have the chance to watch Michael live and buy tickets for the next stage.
To buy tickets, costing £12 each, call 07707768848.