The future is bright for singer Tom Gregory, who, despite not getting past the blind audition of The Voice, is keen to get cracking on his music career.
Tom won the support of the talent show judges with his audition, aired on Saturday night, but they told him he was too nervous for them to take him through to the next round.
Now Tom is determined he will make it in the music industry.
“The judges said I need to go away to get some experience and work on my nerves and I’d be great,” he said.
“I’m definitely going to try to do more gigs, maybe write some of my own stuff and record acoustic covers on YouTube. Going on The Voice as proved to me that I am capable of doing well.”
Tom, 17, only realised his singing potential through his friends at Rossall School a couple of years ago.
He’s performed in a handful of school gigs and it was his father, Nigel, who put him forward for the Voice. Tom made it past tens of thousand of people to be called to London to perform for Jessie J, will-i-am, Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue.
He said: “It was a massive whirlwind, and it was really scary. It all seemed to happen in a short space of time.”
Tom’s audition was in December, but he said it feels like it was only yesterday.
“I was one of the youngest performers, and to be considered in the same calibre as some of the people trying to get through, like Danny from Hear’say, is a real honour for me,” he added.
“It’s surreal being around people you’ve grown up listening to, but maybe next year I can be one of the failed acts who return to be a success.
“In the meantime, people can expect to see me out and about, playing my music.”