LOCAL singer David Julien has made it through to the live stages of hit BBC series The Voice UK - and his family are determined his success won’t end there!#
The competition will now be opened to public vote at te weekend, and David’s friends and relatives have prepared a huge banner encouraging locals to pick up the phone and cast a vote.
They will also be covering the area with posters and leaflets supporting him.
David, who has been installed as one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the competition, is being mentored by The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue and is living the music dream after quitting his job on the night shift at Sainsbury’s in Leigh to take part in the competition.
David, 23, said: “When I was standing on the stage waiting for Danny’s verdict it felt so long. I honestly didn’t think I’d got through because it was so close.
“I didn’t envy Danny, there’s no way I could have made that decision.
“I’m looking forward to the shows going out live, though it’s not going to be too different for us because we’ve still only got one chance to get it right. I’m just trying not to think of the millions of people watching on the other side of the camera.
“Danny is one of the most laid-back people I’ve ever met, but he knows exactly what he wants and can hear what he needs. I now feel like I’m working with Danny rather than being coached by him, and feel more confident putting my ideas across.”
David is being cheered on by his family, who are backing him to go all the way and secure the first prize of a recording contract with Universal Music.
Jason, one of David’s brothers, said: “I really think he can win the competition now, though there’s two or three other competitors who are strong singers.
“It was so tense in our house on Sunday night, you could hear a pin drop. We’re quite a big family and we all got together at my house to watch it.
“When Danny announced David was through it was just unbelievable, I get goose pimples just thinking about it even.
“We’ve had the banner put up in our window, and we’ve had 500 posters made which we’re just going to put up everywhere we can.
“It’s just brilliant. We all knew he could sing, he really deserves this break. I’ve been watching him at gigs since he was in his band and he was superb then.”
Jason hopes the entire town will back David, and says they have already been overwhelmed with support.
You can also follow David on Twitter @mrdavidjulien