David hopes to impress judges

David Lee
David Lee

A TALENTED singer is hoping he can wow the judges after making it through to the regional finals of the UK’s biggest original music competition.

David Lee joined hundreds of people at the auditions for the 2012 Live and Unsigned singing contest, but he didn’t let the crowds deter him as he sailed through.

The 27-year-old is now hoping he eases through the next stage as he takes to the stage to sing in front of a panel of judges, including former Slade frontman Noddy Holder.

David, who runs Lifestyle newsagents, in Hart Lane, Hartlepool, started a love affair with music when he was just 10 years old as he started singing and learnt to play the drums.

And he is hoping his dream of being a recording artist becomes a reality by making it through the regional competition in Newcastle tomorrow and on to the grand final at the O2 Arena, in London.

The winner in London will receive a hugely impressive prize including financial backing, gigs at festivals around the world and up to 100 shows in the UK.

David isn’t thinking that far ahead, and is focused on playing tomorrow and hopefully impressing the judges.

“It’s brilliant to get this far but there are thousands of people taking part,” said David, who lives in Hart Lane with girlfriend, Amy Bennett, 18, a student.

“It’s what I have been doing since I was 10 and I do really enjoy performing.”

David doesn’t play regular gigs in Hartlepool, but does take part in open mic nights.

However he is no stranger to nationwide competitions.

Back in 2003 he entered Pop Idol but unfortunately didn’t make it through.

And his luck didn’t improve two years ago when he entered Live and Unsigned for the very first time but didn’t make the auditions due to injuries he picked up after a night out.

But he is hoping his journey in the competition isn’t about to come to a premature end again this time around.

He will make the trip to Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre tomorrow where he is going to perform one of his own songs and his own version of If I Only Had A Brain, originally from Wizard of Oz.

“I’m really looking forward to it now but I’m not going to get too excited,” said David.

“I’m just going to be realistic and enjoy it.”