WHEN classical boyband Collabro stepped out in front of the Britain’s Got Talent judges this time last year, they had no idea how much their lives would change.
Just one year after auditioning for the TV talent contest, the group are touring the UK and starting work on their second studio album.
It’s something that band member Jamie Lambert says is “overwhelming” and “amazing”.
Along with Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Matthew Pagan and Thomas Redgrave, Jamie shocked judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams when they announced they had been singing together for just one month.
But their rendition of Stars, from the musical Les Misérables, saw them receive a unanimous ‘yes’ verdict from the judges, and quickly catapulted them to fame.
Since being crowned winners of the show last June, they’ve had a number one album with Stars and are currently travelling the UK on their first headline tour, along with support act Lucy Kay.
Jamie, whose mum is South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Lorraine Lambert, said: “The tour is just amazing. I can’t get over how amazing it is. This is definitely what we’ve always wanted to do and we’re just thoroughly enjoying it.
“The show is a real spectacle and the reactions have just been amazing – we’re getting six standing ovations every night. It’s unbelievable.”
The tour will see the boys call at Newcastle’s City Hall for a sold-out show on Thursday, February 26, an almost-hometown show for Jamie, who hails from Washington.
The 25-year-old added: “I can’t wait for Newcastle. I performed at the City Hall when I was at school so it’s going to be amazing to go back and sing there again.
“The day after the gig I’m going to visit my old school, Dame Allan’s, in Newcastle too, which will be a lot of fun.”
As well as touring, Collabro are also busy picking songs for their second album, which will hit shelves in June.
Jamie said: “The fact that Syco came to us and said they wanted another album from us is just an amazing feeling.
“It’s going to be mostly musical theatre songs again and some pop crossovers – there’s actually a little taster of it in the tour.
“We’re really working hard on it and we’ve decided on a lot of the tracks already but obviously I can’t say.
“Next Friday, it’ll be one year since we auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, which is just ridiculous. We had no idea that things would happen so quickly.
“At the minute, I’m sitting in a hotel room after playing a sold-out show last night and all together we’ve got 52,000 people coming to the shows to see Collabro and that’s just phenomenal.
“To think that we’ve had a number one album and are now touring the UK is so overwhelming.”
He added: “We had one woman who came to the show the other night after travelling 14 hours from another continent. She’s dying and seeing us was part of her bucket list, and she told us that our music had helped her.
“Another woman last year came up to us after a gig in Carlisle and said our music had helped her after her husband of 64 years passed away.
“That we can have that kind of effect on people and help people in that way is just fantastic. The shows get quite emotional and we’ve seen lots of people in the audience crying from start to finish.
“I just can’t quite fathom how we’ve got here so quickly and it’s overwhelming to think that we’ve got fans who are so dedicated that they’ll travel really so far to see us in concert, and when people say our music has helped them, that’s a really special thing.
“Hopefully if the second album goes well, we’ll be playing even bigger venues, but just knowing that our music is making people happy is an amazing feeling.”