A TEENAGE singer is hoping to make it big after reaching the regional finals of a nationwide talent contest.
Sam Clark is set to perform for a spot in the next round of the annual Teen Star competition next month.
The 17-year-old, of Baltic Court, South Shields, impressed judges and secured his spot in the regional finals by singing Latch, a No 11 hit for garage duo Disclosure and Sam Smith in 2012.
Sam, a music production and technology student at Newcastle College, said: “The audition went brilliantly. I couldn’t have wished for it to go any better.
“The judges aren’t allowed to say anything to you, but I could tell when I’d stopped singing that they were pleased.
“There was a 20-minute wait, and then a few of us were taken back in the room to find out if we’d got through. It was brilliant to find out I had.
This I want to do and performing in competitions like this is always a brilliant experience.Sam Clark
“I’ve done the competition for the last couple of years, and this is the first time I’ve kind of doubted myself because everyone else was so good.
“I made it to the area finals last time but didn’t get any further.
“I know where I went wrong now, though, so hopefully I can go all the way this time.”
Sam will perform in the regional heat at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre on Saturday, April 11.
He said: “I’m nervous and excited for the final. This is what I want to do, and performing in competitions like this is always a brilliant experience.
“It really gives you a taste of what it could be like and getting up on stage gives me such a buzz. There’s nothing like getting up there and performing for a live audience.
“I feel really comfortable up on the stage, and I’m ready to push myself and I’m really hoping to go all the way in the contest this time.”