Student takes star turn on TV show as Michael Bublé
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