A TEENAGE singer from the Vale made it through to the blind auditions of a popular TV talent show.

Jack Mullen, 14, from Old Bonhill, teamed up with Clydebank singer Evie McColgan, 13, to face the judges at the blind auditions of The Voice Kids in December.

The local youngster had only been performing for less than a month when he was approached by a scout from the show and asked to audition.

Jack’s mum, Charlene, told the Reporter: “It was amazing. I think the fact that they got the opportunity to work with top vocal coaches and producers is what the pair took from it the most.”

The duet had been singing together for less than two weeks when they took to the stage to perform the James Arthur song ‘Falling Like The Stars’ in front of judges Danny Jones, Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott and will.i.am.

Although the double act did not manage to encourage any of the four coaches to turn their seats to select them for their team, they did receive positive feedback from Paloma Faith and Pixie Lott about their style of singing.

Charlene said: “It takes years for somebody to get an audition for a show like that. It all happened so quickly – they never thought for a minute they would get so far.

“I think the most valuable part of the experience is the friendship they have made.”

Jack said: “I honestly had such an amazing time.

“It has really given me more confidence to sing in front of others especially since I have not been singing as long as others.”

Jack and Evie have not seen each other since lockdown, but have kept in contact and practice songs on video calls.

The Reporter previously told how Jack has been giving back to the community by singing outside care homes and by donating Easter eggs to the Robin House children’s hospice in Balloch.

The new series of The Voice Kids starts next month.