AN ASPIRING singer has taken the first step to fame by appearing on hit CBBC talent show, Got What It Takes.
Thirteen-year-old borough pupil Matt Smallwood joined seven of the most talented young singers the UK has to offer on the show.
Hosted by X-Factor finalist Lauren Platt, the new series unearths youthful talent – though there’s a twist, the Mums are the judges and face challenges to help their child succeed in the series.
The Lode Heath pupil, who has been playing the guitar since the age of six, is now calling for the Solihull public to get behind him as a crucial public vote could make the difference between winning and losing.
Matt is receiving support from his twin brother, Josh, who is also a keen singer and is part of Matt’s band at his school.
Matt told The Observer: “I’ve always loved music and getting into the creative side of things.
“Honestly, I never thought that I would get this far and when I’m older I want to do something where I’m moving around and active.
“Since primary school I’ve always wanted to perform and get on stage.
“I have loads of fun when creating and performing music and Got What It Takes is something that could kick start a career for me.”
Proud parents Katie and John were delighted with their son’s performance and said the hard work he has put in has paid off.
Katie said: “He works very hard and already has a plan of studying musical theatre when he’s older.
“Matt has starred with Josh in his musical and acting work so I think Josh helps Matt and having two supportive sons is fantastic.
“The show is great fun and the Mum’s compete to do the best for their children – it’s amazing what some parents will do for their kids.”
Father John added: “They’re two great kids to have and Matt is keen to get the Solihull public behind him when it comes to the public vote – hopefully all of his hard work can be rewarded on national TV.”
The assistance of Lauren Platt, who in August ditched singing in an attempt to break into presenting, has helped Matt and said she was an incredible performer.
Matt added: “Lauren was lovely, she was really nice and spoke to everyone in a way that you could understand what was going on.
“The dream is for people to know my name and recognise my voice – I don’t want to waste my life away.”