Melton singer Howard Rose crashed out of the BBC One singing talent show The Voice on Saturday after facing a public vote.
The 28-year-old singer, mentored by Sir Tom Jones, sang a spine-tingling rendition of Read My Mind by The Killers in the first live quarter final show, but this wasn’t enough to progress to the next stage of the competition.
He said: “I do feel disappointed but my overwhelming feeling is positive. I feel lucky and privileged to have left the competition at the stage I did and have only gained from being on The Voice.
“Make no mistake there is a lot of talent on the show and it’s in no way shape or form a disgrace to have been knocked out by the guys who are left.
“I’m really happy with my final performance and would not have done it differently. My friends and family have been really supportive and I plan to make the most of the exposure I’ve been given. This is not the end.”
He may not have made it through to the semi-finals but he has found his biggest fan in The Black Eyed Peas’ front man Will i Am who said: “You’re the real deal. I swear to you I would be your biggest fan.
“You seem like you’re going to create something like Radiohead one day. You’re very unique.”
The former Browlow Primary School and John Ferneley student, still has high hopes for a career in music and has plans to continue to entertain crowds across the country.
“I realise I have to strike whilst the iron is hot and so am planning to organise a show at Melton Theatre with some of the contestants I met on the show.
“I would like to pack out the theatre with fellow contestants Clark Carmody, Daniel Duke and Lara Lee.
“I want to nail down a date as quick as possible for a show to go ahead in the summer.
“I’d also like to put out a new live EP out and go touring with my band the Suburban Suns.”
Some of Melton’s residents supported Howard in the lead up to Saturday’s show by putting up ‘Vote Howard’ posters in their windows.
A humbled Howard said: “I have a wonderful following and I’m proud to have represented Melton. From the bottom of my heart thank you to all who supported me and believed in my ability.”