Sam moves a step nearer to album dream

PUBLISHED: 11:38 12 April 2007 | UPDATED: 15:05 12 May 2010

A TEENAGER whose ambition is to star in musicals has moved a step closer to recording an album with a top producer. Sam Smith, 14, of Heydon Road, Great Chishill, has reached the grand final of Live & Unsigned South Coast Idol after singing Nina Simone s

A TEENAGER whose ambition is to star in musicals has moved a step closer to recording an album with a top producer.

Sam Smith, 14, of Heydon Road, Great Chishill, has reached the grand final of Live & Unsigned South Coast Idol after singing Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

Sam was one of 18 performers at the regional finals on Tuesday night who made the final stage of the competition. He won best male singer in the biggest talent contest after ITV's X-Factor.

If he impresses the judges at the final on May 26 at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, he could win the chance to record an album with Craig David's producer Mark Hill and become the best Live & Unsigned male act of 2007.

Sam's dad Frederick and 40 family and friends were at the regional finals.

He said: "It's amazing that he's got down to the final 18 people when there were 10,000 to begin with.

So many people said he sounded like Will Young.

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