Melton-born Howard one of the bookmakers favourites to win The Voice

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Melton-born Howard Rose is most national bookmakers fourth favourite to win the BBC’s The Voice singing contest ahead of his latest televised performance.

The self-employed rock-pop singer who moved to Manchester three years ago to pursue a career with his band the Suburban Suns, has odds of 9/1 to win the show and has odds as low as 7/1 with bookmaker Sky Bet at the time of going to press.

Having made it through the televised ‘blind’ auditions in January and being selected to work with judge Sir Tom Jones, Howard’s battle round performance is set to be screened on Saturday.

Howard (27) said: “I’m aware that people think I could win the show but I try not to let it phase me too much.

“I’d obviously like to win but the most important thing for me is to feel like I haven’t let people who believe in me down.”

Howard previously performed his own interpretation of My Generation by The Who but this time hopes to wow audiences with the song You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates.

Howard said: “The song was picked by Sir Tom. It was very surreal working with him as he has a wealth of knowledge and I’m really pleased he wanted me on his team.

“Sir Tom is a legend and I believe he has taught me things no-one else could.

“I was paired against fellow member of ‘Team Tom’ Stephanie Webber which was an interesting pairing for me as she got all four TV judges to turn around for her during the blind auditions including who turned his chair after four seconds.

“It was a little intimidating for me but the drive and determination to succeed kept me focused on my performance.”

Howard still visits Melton on a regular basis. He performed in front of a sell-out crowd at Melton Theatre, last Friday, with Melton entertainers George Simpson and Dan Hadfield.

He added: “Since the show I’ve never signed so many autographs in my life.

“The support from the town has been incredible and my social networking sites seem to have gone a little bit crazy. I’m eternally grateful for everyone’s continued support.”

The Noels Arms pub in Melton town centre is showing their support for Howard, who still gigs there, by showing all the episodes he appears in continuing this Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.