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Nick bids for TV stardom

Nick Mager is tuning up for an appearance in the TV talent series Pop Idol at the weekend.

Nick Mager is tuning up for an appearance in the TV talent series Pop Idol at the weekend.

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The former Huddersfield Grammar School pupil is one of 10 young hopefuls who will perform live on Saturday before millions of viewers.

Nick, 17, of Greetland, has reached the last 50 from thousands who auditioned.

The popular series, hosted by Ant and Dec, follows on from the success of Pop Stars, which created the band Hear'Say last year. This year, viewers will vote for two singers each week for five weeks and pick the pop idol from the final 10.

Gareth Gates and fellow wannabe superstar Zoe Birkett won through to the grand final of the show after the first TV round.

Nick is in London preparing for his big performance. He said: "I am 100% excited about it, a bit nervous but really looking forward to it because it is my big chance.

"I couldn't enter Pop Stars last year because I wasn't old enough - but I thought: `If anything like that comes along again, I'll enter'."

Nick has longed to be a star since winning a school talent show at the age of 13.

He has entered dozens of competitions, including the TV show Star For A Night, in which he sang the Boyzone hit FatherAnd Son.

"When I heard about Pop Idol I knew it was a chance not to be missed," he said.

Nick was chosen from 2,500 hopefuls at a Manchester audition and took part in a three-day heat in London to pick the final 50, which was screened on October 27.

He is spending the week practising three songs - I Want It That Way by The BackStreet Boys, When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating and Back Here by BB Mack.

Judges including hit-maker Pete Waterman will assess his progress and help choose the song he will perform live.


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