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Music nomination for television Pop Idol star

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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A BURTON singer could be in with a chance of achieving super stardom after being nominated in a music television award.

Simon Astbury has been nominated by Music Express TV Awards for the Best Male Newcomer Award, which follows on from his Christmas Day television show for Sky Music Express TV Christmas Special on Sky Music Channel Showcase 191.

Mr Astbury, who lives in Burton, said: “My interest in performing arts began at a very young age. Since the age of six I was actively involved in singing and acting in a variety of productions.

“I feel privileged to be nominated for this award amongst some fantastic talented artists, and that is even if I do not win.

“Viewers, fans, Music Express with John Paul Productions, Ltd. have been great in supporting me.”His television debut was on the first series of singing talent show Pop Idol in 2001, where Will Young was eventually crowned champion, and a performance interview with ITV.

He said: “After Pop Idol, I went on to sing, act, perform and manage in many holiday parks across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall as well as stints in Kent and Wales.”

It wasn’t until 2004 that he landed my West End debut in the production of To Die For! performing to a live orchestra in the London Palladium.

Back home in Burton he teamed up with his father Graham Astbury to set up ‘Added Attraction performing Stars & Legends Show’ produced by Roger Parkes which lasted for seven years before his departure in mid 2012.

The awards ceremony will be a one hour television special Sky Music Channel Showcase 191 tomorrow from 8pm, and Thursday at noon and 4pm.

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