SINGER Paul Grant is preparing to wow audiences in the live final of TV talent show Stars In Their Eyes.

And he'll have great backing from family and friends in his home town of Huddersfield on Saturday.

Warehouseman Paul, 38, will be performing as American R&B star Luther Vandross live on the ITV1 show on Saturday from 5.25pm.

Paul, who grew up in Birkby but now lives in Croydon, south London, won his place in the final performing Vandross's hit Always and Forever.

The show was broadcast on February 12.

Paul said he is excited about the final.

He said: "It has been quite a while since I did the show and I'm looking forward to the day and having fun.

"I have just been relaxing and listening to the mistakes I made last time!

"The reaction has been really good. People have recognised me in the street and a few have asked for autographs."

Paul has been singing for years and released a reggae song under the name Grant I'Asher in 1993.

It was well received in clubs, but his career never took off.

It was Paul's family who persuaded him that Stars In Their Eyes could be his next big break.

Paul left Huddersfield 15 years ago but his sister, Hyacinth, and brother Michael still live in the town.

Paul's family will be travelling to ITV's Manchester studios on Saturday to watch his moment of glory.

He will be competing against nine other finalists, imitating artists including Phil Collins, Erasure singer Andy Bell and former Huddersfield Technical College student Justin Hawkins, lead singer of rock band The Darkness.

Gildersome girl Sarah Hitchcock will also be in the live final, performing as Dido.

Pop music degree student Sarah, 19, won her place in the final after singing White Flag on the show last Saturday.

One of the 10 will be a mystery finalist, chosen by viewers voting for their favourite runner-up from the nine heats.