A TEENAGER is gearing up to perform in London at the final of a national singing competition.
Hartlepool schoolboy Michael Rice “sang his socks off” in the semi-final leg of the country’s Teen Star contest at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, wowing the judges with his rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings.
He was selected as one of four finalists, out of over 20 contestants from the region, to go through to the final which will be held at the O2 Arena in the capital on July 7.
His family, and staff and friends at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, where Michael is a pupil, said they were so proud of him and were supporting him all the way.
His beaming grandmother Carol Conroy said: “This is all he’s ever wanted, to get this far in a competition like this is unbelievable really.
“He sang his socks off and put his own twist on Wind Beneath My Wings.”
If Michael impresses the judges and wins the contest he will win £5,000 cash and a publicity and promotional package.
Michael, who lives in the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool and has performed in shows with Nadine’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts and Red Dreams, is yet to select a song for the final.