A YOUNG Hartlepool singer has been praised by Simon Cowell as he appeared on X Factor.
Hartlepool’s Michael Rice wowed judges in the hit ITV show on Sunday night.
Michael, who appeared at the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards, was given the thumbs up by all four judges in the competition.
Music Mogul Simon Cowell and fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said he was fantastic and he was also given a yes from the remaining two judges, Louis Walsh and Mel B.
Michael, 16, won The Big Audition’ singing contest and the grand prize of performing to over 10,000 people at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena earlier this year.
Organised by TFM’s Cash for Kids charity, Michael stunned the judges with his rendition of I Look To You’ by Whitney Houston. He also raised £900 for the charity over the three weeks prior to the event.