Edinburgh Has Talent runner-up gigs with Little Mix

Rewind. Picture: contributed

Rewind. Picture: contributed

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A RISING star who cut his teeth at our Edinburgh Has Talent competition is set to shine alongside sexy chart-toppers Little Mix.

Jack Robertson, 18, will perform as part of boy band Rewind for a crowd of 2000 this weekend – before making himself the envy of red-blooded males everywhere – by joining the four-piece girl band for dinner. Talented Jack and his chums are taking part in the Girlguiding Tartan Gig 2013 at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on Saturday.

Little Mix. Picture: Greg Macvean

Little Mix. Picture: Greg Macvean

He said: “The gigs are going to be amazing and we’re going for a meal with the girls from Little Mix before the first performance, so we’re very excited about that too.”

The former Liberton High pupil was runner up two years in a row in our Edinburgh Has Talent competition – which is launching again now – and has also supported I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker singer Sandi Thom, 32, on tour.

Jack is now happy to share the stage as part of Rewind, alongside fellow band-mates Ryan Donaldson, Lewis Irons, James McElvar and Kieran Hepburn – who all hail from Glasgow.

Jack added: “It’s funny to think how far I’ve come since competing in Edinburgh Has Talent. It’s such a great competition to get involved in and really gives you fantastic experience. If you can conquer your nerves and perform there, nothing can stop you.”

Jack made his first foray into the public eye when he dazzled audiences at the 2008 Radio Forth Awards Ceremony with his renditions of Valerie and I Know Where I’m Going, from the hit musical Hairspray.

The singer, then aged just 13, was asked to open the show after being spotted at a school talent show by DJ Grant Stott.

Now his stellar rise has landed him a spot in a band being likened to a Scottish One Direction, and he could not be happier.

Jack said: “I was approached late last year about auditioning and decided to go along and give it a try.

“The Edinburgh audition was on December 1, which is my birthday. There were about 50 other guys waiting to go in, but they let me skip the queue so I could go off and celebrate my 18th.”

The judges must have liked what they saw.

He continued: “I was the only one from Edinburgh to make the cut.

“The rest of the boys are from Glasgow, but aside from some friendly football-related banter we all get on really well.

“We’ve been compared to One Direction but, as Scotland’s only boy-band, I think we’re pretty unique.”

Get your entries in

ENTER Edinburgh Has Talent 2014 at www.edinburghnews.com/talent. The deadline is midnight, September 15. Contestants must be 12 or over. The prize is £1000 and the chance to perform at The Radio Forth Awards. The final is at the Festival Theatre on November 1.