Hartlepool X Factor star to perform hometown gigs

Michael Rice on The X Factor
Michael Rice on The X Factor

A SINGING star who appeared on a national televised singing contest is performing his first gigs in Hartlepool this weekend.

Town performer Michael Rice – who appeared on TV last year on ITV’s X Factor – is hoping to wow fans at The Victoria Arms, at The Headland on Friday night from 7.30pm.

Then on Saturday night the 17-year-old, who is now studying in York, will take to the stage in The Nalgo Club, in Westbourne Road, at 8pm.

Michael’s proud grandma Carole Conroy, an avid supporter of her grandson, said: “Michael’s really excited to be performing at these venues in Hartlepool.

“He’s out of town now and is at college in York so he thinks it’s great coming back to sing for people in his home town.

“He comes home quite often but this visit will be very different as performing at these pubs will be a new thing for him.

Michael Rice

Michael Rice

“It’s just so he can get a bit of backing from the people of Hartlepool and keep his name out there.”

The budding pop star won rave reviews after he got a yes vote from all four judges during the first round of the x Factor open auditions when the show visited Newcastle last year.

The former Dyke House College of Technology pupil then performed in front of 5,000 screaming fans at London’s Wembley Arena.

He then made it through to the Boot Camp stage but then took to Twitter to inform his supporters that he did not make it to second stage of Boot Camp.

The student, from Belle Vue, Hartlepool, now studying music at York College, was inundated with messages of support on Twitter.