SINGER Jamie Lambert, a familiar face among South Tyneside concert-goers, and his band will find out tomorrow night if they’ve made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
The 23-year-old, a regular on the borough’s music circuit, received four yes votes from the ITV talent show’s judges after auditioning with his band, Collabro.
The operatic group performed Stars from the 1980 musical Les Misérables, bringing judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon to their feet, along with the studio audience.
Despite being given the thumbs-up, the acts that made it through to the next stage of the competition will not be revealed until tomorrow night.
If Jamie, son of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Lorraine Lambert, and his band are among the 45 chosen acts, they’ll advance to the semi-finals, starting on Monday.
Jamie, an NHS worker from Washington, is a familiar figure on the borough’s music circuit.
He has supported many charitable events and made appearances at the Customs House in South Shields, the South Tyneside Summer Festival and events in support of the Mayor’s Charity.
Lorraine said: “It has all been so fantastic, with so many messages of support for all of the boys from local people where they live, as well as from far and wide.
“We are hoping that our local supporters will show the power of the public vote and really get behind them.
“I know that the North East is brilliant at that and has supported some great local talent with Jade and Perrie from Little Mix and, of course, Joe McElderry in previous competitions, and it would be fantastic to see us producing another success story.”
Since Collabro’s appearance on the show, they have secured almost five million views on video-sharing site YouTube and seen their army of fans dub themselves Collaborators.
The boys were also invited to watch Les Misérables in London’s West End and meet the cast backstage.
Jamie said: “This was just the most wonderful experience for us all. We are all really passionate about musical theatre, and to meet some of the stars, see them in action and talk to them about their work was amazing.”
Britain’s Got Talent is on ITV at 7pm tomorrow.