AN ASPIRING South Kirkby singer is stepping up to the microphone as he enters a national singing competition in the hope of hitting the big time.
John Aspinall, of Ings Close, will push his vocal chords to the limit as he sings in the Open Mic UK 2011 competition next month, with the chance of winning £50,000 and a recording contract.
The 29-year-old has been practising to prepare himself for the audition at Dewsbury Town Hall on September 10, and thinks he has a good chance of getting through.
He said: “I have been singing for the past 16 years and everyone I have met has told me I have got a good voice.
“I am hoping to go all the way, I have the stage presence and people say when I sing ballads it makes the hairs on the back of their neck stand up so hopefully the judges will think the same.”
He regularly sings karaoke at the Church House pub, on Barnsley Road, in South Kirkby.
The dad-of-two said: “I just love singing, I absolutely live for it.
“My dream is to be a number one selling artist and hope this is the first step in making my dream into a reality.”
He previously entered Britain’s Got Talent and the X Factor, and managed to get through to the third round.
His family, including children Joel, nine, and Zara, eight, are all rooting for him.
The final takes place at the 02 Academy in London later this year.