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Budding pop star reaches audition finals

PUBLISHED: 15:50 06 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

Kesgrave youngster Simon Ticker has made it his ambition to find fame in the competitive world of pop. Now, as one of 12 finalists in a national competition to find a new boy band, that dream could soon become reality.

HE has made it his ambition to find fame in the competitive world of pop … and as one of 12 finalists in a national competition to find a new boy band that dream could soon become reality.

For the past few years Suffolk teenager Simon Tricker has attended audition after audition in the hope of getting his break and with the final cut for Boysterous just around the corner he may have found it at last.

Hundreds of teenagers aged between 16 and 22 from all over the country applied for the band and auditioned at a London studio but as the numbers were whittled down, most were left waiting for the next opportunity to come their way.

For 19-year-old Simon, however, that opportunity is now and via a website – www.onlinepop.co.uk – and a national pop magazine, he is hoping to get enough votes to secure him a place as one of the final four in the band.

Whether he makes the cut or not in the search for a boy band, launched by Active Music Management, Simon, of Penzance Road, Kesgrave, is proud of getting so far.

"I get the Stage magazine every week and there are always auditions for boy groups and vocalists," he said.

"For this one I went down to the studio and was asked to sing a song of my choice a cappella.

"I got called back and went back to the studio where there were 12 others there. We were given a song that had been written especially and had to learn that."

After a day of singing the song and being put in different groupings he found he was in the final dozen.

Simon said: "I was really happy. I'd done auditions before and got through to the second round but I've never been through to the final.

"I've been rejected before so I'll handle it if I'm rejected again. I'd love to be in the band but I know there'll be other auditions."

If he makes it however, this could be the start of something big and Suffolk could be boasting about its very own pop star.

Simon's passion for singing and determination to make it his career began about three years ago when he was singing karaoke at his local pub.

"It took off from there," he said.

He was entered in the Evening Star's Voice of 2000 competition and made it in to the final, enjoying some vocal training and some time at Gemini Studio's along the way.

The seed of ambition was planted and since then Simon has given his all in the pursuit of a future in the music industry.

"I have found something that I want to put 100 per cent in to," he explained. "It's my dream to make it big – I want to achieve that.

"The money and fame would be great but that's something everyone wants. My personal thing is to be able to say that I have achieved something that I really wanted to do.

"In my life I have never really said about anything 'I really want to do that' and put everything in to it.

"Now I know what I want I'm going to give it my best shot."

The competition to choose the final line-up for Boysterous is being run on www.onlinepop.co.uk/boysterous

Log on to check out Simon's competition, cast your vote and help make him a star.

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