TONIGHT’s the night for a singer who honed his talent in South Tyneside – and his mum can’t wait.
Jamie Lambert, along with his bandmates in Collabro, will be performing in the final of the ITV show Britain’s Got Talent as millions of viewers look on.
The musical theatre boyband have wowed judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, and the five-piece act have already amassed a following of almost 40,000 fans on Twitter.
Jamie’s mum, Lorraine Lambert, chief executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, is now hoping people in the borough will vote to help crown her son’s band as champions.
She said: “We have had so many messages of support and encouragement from people across the North East who have known Jamie all his life and seen him develop as a performer.
“We’ve also heard from his old school and from friends and colleagues across the trust, where he has worked on and off over the last five years.
“It’s been difficult to keep up because there are so many, and he is really overwhelmed by how kind people have been.
“We are all so excited, and I can’t wait to be in the audience tonight to watch Jamie perform. I will have to make sure I have waterproof mascara on.”
Mrs Lambert added: “Jamie has always wanted a career as a professional performer, and Collabro have been a tremendous success so far. They not only wowed the audience and judges, but quickly developed a worldwide following on Twitter, Facebook and other social media forums.
“They have developed a fantastic fanbase, known as Collaborators, who have been following every step of the competition, and everyone is wishing them success in the final. We just hope people pick up their phones and vote.”
Jamie, of Washington, is a familiar face in the borough, having performed at numerous mayoral charity events, the South Tyneside Summer Festival, for Cancer Connections in South Shields and at many shows at the town’s Customs House.
Support for the band has included illuminated road signs at White Mare Pool roundabout, on the borough’s boundary, displaying the words ‘Vote Collabro’, plus similar messages being shown at the entrance to the Tyne Tunnel in Jarrow and at check-in desks at Newcastle International Airport.
South Tyneside’s new Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham, also took time during her inauguration at South Shields Town Hall to thank Jamie for the work he has done in the borough.
* Britain’s got Talent is on tonight from 7pm.