Stu­dent takes star turn on TV show as Michael Bublé

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ACOLLEGE stu­dent had stars in his eyes when he made his tele­vi­sion de­but.

Nathan Simp­son, from Chad­der­ton, was the open­ing act on last weeks episode of Stars in their Eyes.

The popular show sees com­peti­tors trans­formed into fa­mous singers be­fore they per­form cover ver­sions of well-known songs.

Nathan, a per­form­ing arts stu­dent at Old­ham Col­lege, ap­peared at Michael Bublé and sang Cry Me A River.

He was up against Lady Gaga, Meat Loaf, Adele and Aretha Franklin.

The 22-year-old, who goes by the stage name Nathan James, said: “I’ve al­ways been keen on act­ing and singing so when I saw the ap­pli­ca­tion process on­line I thought what have I got to lose? I sent in a demo and then au­di­tioned in front of a panel in Manch­ester in Oc­to­ber.

“Af­ter­wards, I had to play the wait­ing game but was thrilled to hear in Novem­ber that I’d been se­lected to go on the pro­gramme.

“I’ll never for­get the day I heard as it was also my girl­friend’s birth­day, so we had a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion that night.”

The ITV show has re­turned with a new se­ries and is now headed by co­me­dian Harry Hill.

Nathan added: “Harry Hill was a re­ally great guy although speak­ing to him per­son­ally was a bit surreal.

“Film­ing the pro­gramme in front of a stu­dio au­di­ence was re­ally en­joy­able and much less daunt­ing than ap­pear­ing live on tele­vi­sion.

“Although I wasn’t suc­cess­ful in mak­ing it through to the fi­nal it was an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence which I wouldn’t have missed for the world.”

Nathan is no stranger to per­form­ing as Mr Bublé as he pre­vi­ously took on the guise for a fundrais­ing event for fel­low mu­si­cal the­atre stu­dents at his col­lege. The money raised was used to fund a pro­duc­tion of Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors at the Grange Arts Cen­tre on March 10 to 14. Call the box of­fice on 0161 785 4239 for ticket de­tails.

●● Per­form­ing arts stu­dents Nathan Simp­son as Michael Bublé

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