Hartlepool teen singer Michael hoping he has the X Factor

Entertainer Michael Rice
Entertainer Michael Rice

A TEENAGE singer is hoping to prove he has got the X Factor now that he’s old enough to enter the hit TV talent show.

Michael Rice, 16, is no stranger to talent contests – he made it all the way to the national final of the prestigious Teen Star contest last year, held at London’s O2 arena.

And now he’s hoping to impress the producers of the ITV show when he heads to the first auditions of this year’s show in Newcastle next week.

“I’ve always wanted to go for the X Factor, I’ve just never been old enough before now,” said Michael, a student at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, who lives in the Belle Vue area of town.

“But obviously I’m just looking for that break, it’s another chance to get more experience and hopefully impress and get through to the next round.”

Michael is on a high after landing a spot at a specialist music college in York.

He has also made it to the final of TFM Radio’s Cash for Kids competition, and as part of his challenge to raise money for the charity has organised a fundraising evening, taking place at Belle Vue Sports and Social Club, in Kendal Road, on Friday, May 2.

Tickets are priced at £3 and are available on the door.