A WESTWARD Ho! singer is gearing up for the regional final of TeenStar 2014.
Oscar Young, 16, passed an audition in Bristol last month, and returns to the city on April 12 to play to a full crowd in the South West region final.
See him perform his self-penned song Lyndsey, his entry for the contest, which will be performed on the day, on our website at www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/entertainment.
"At the audition, I wasn't nervous at first," said Oscar, "but then the situation with the judges made the nerves kick in.
"But this time there will be a crowd, so it will be more like a gig for me – which I'm used to. But the judges being there does make it a bit weird!"
Oscar, whose real surname is Wenman-Hyde, became known on the North Devon music scene as one half of duo Forever Young, so he's no stranger to performing live.
However, with previous judges including radio DJ Annie Nightingale and legendary manager Malcolm McLaren, Oscar's music will be reaching a new audience.
"It's great to be putting my music out there," said Oscar. "TeenStar is a great platform. I'll appreciate any feedback from judges too – criticism is good, it helps you grow."
Music has become a full-time pursuit for Oscar, who besides gigging and recording is a first year student on Petroc's music performance course. On April 28 he will release his first EP, Everything Changes, and this will be available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
The TeenStar regional final will be held at Ansom Rooms, University Of Bristol SU on Saturday, April 12. Oscar has a greater chance of winning prizes on the day if he sells tickets personally, so he hopes locals will visit his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/oscar youngmusic.