Banbury could be rooting for its own contender in The Voice after vocal coaches picked Jake Ozzie Ostler out from the crowd.
Ostler, a 22-year-old singer songwriter from Adderbury, has sailed through two selection stages in auditions for the hit BBC talent search programme.
It was the third year running the talented performer had put himself forward for The Voice and now he is encouraging others not to give up if they face rejection first time around.
“The first year I got through the first section only; last year I got through the group audition and solo audition but no further,” he said.
“This year I’ve got through them all and now have to wait a couple of weeks to see if I am called for the live audions in front of the judges.”
Ostler was one of four chosen from an intial group performance, singing If You Got the Money by Jamie T – but given his own upbeat style.
In a recorded and videoed second audition in front of vocal coaches and producers he performed the Ed Sheeran hit The A Team. The crew researched his musical background and he was also asked to demonstrate his beat boxing skills.
“The next callback is for the August 10 live auditions in front of the judges. I’m waiting for that call. If I make it, I know who I would choose, if they turned around,” said Ostler.
The singer has a self-penned repertoire of some 50 songs but also performs covers. His influences include Plan B ‘with a folky, poppy feel’.
If he makes the live auditions, his first public gig as a ‘voice’ will be the Homegrown Festival on August 26.