A TEENAGER is gearing up to compete in the second round of a competition which could eventually lead to him performing at London's O2 Arena.
Fifteen-year-old Thomas McKenna, or Mossy as he is known, breezed through the first round of TeenStar, and will now sing at the regional finals at Dingwalls, Camden, on April 21, for his chance to clinch a spot at the London and south-east area finals at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, on May 18.
If successful, Mossy, of Park Lane, Harefield, will join Hush B from West Drayton and Megan Doyle of Hayes for the round at their local theatre.
The two women were the only local survivors from a different regional final, also held at the Beck, in Grange Road, on March 16.
After that, the O2 Arena beckons.
Mossy is a full-time student at the Barbara Speake Stage School, in Acton, so has a world of experience to draw on to wow the judges.
His love of singing began after bagging a part in West End musical Billy Elliot, aged 10.
He started taking lessons with renowned singing tutor Penny Lane, also from Harefield, and went on to tour with Connie Fisher in The Sound of Music.
But now he is concentrating on developing his solo act and finding his sound. He said: “I am at an awkward age now, there is no musical work for 15-year-olds so I thought I would enter TeenStar. I’ve got nothing to lose.”
Penny is now helping him choose and perfect his winning performance.
A fan of soul, Mossy is likely to perform a Joss Stone cover, but is also considering a folk sound, with a cover of a record by 70s Liverpudlian band, The Spinners.
“I’m still deciding what to sing but whatever it is I just need to make sure I get it absolutely right,” said Mossy.