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Shock for Aaron as he gets big chance

PUBLISHED: 10:43 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 August 2010

A YOUNG Dagenham crooner says he was left totally shocked when told he had won the grand prize at the second annual Starseach competition. Teenage singing sensation, Aaron Rush, from Singleton Road, beat 19 other young hopefuls to take home the overall pr

A YOUNG Dagenham crooner says he was left totally shocked when told he had won the grand prize at the second annual Starseach competition.

Teenage singing sensation, Aaron Rush, from Singleton Road, beat 19 other young hopefuls to take home the overall prize at the final of the event, held on May 17 and organised by MusicTek Studios.

The 15-year-old Britton School pupil had won over the evening's judges with impressive renditions of Dean Martin's classic "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and Ronan Keating's "If Tomorrow Never Comes".

Aaron, the only boy competing at the event, was waiting backstage with the other finalists when he was announced as the winner.

He said: "I was really surprised when they called my name. I didn't expect to win because everybody who performed was excellent.

"It was a great feeling and an excellent prize."

As winner Aaron will now be given the chance to record his own album at MusicTek studios and will have a year of guidance from their management team.

He added: "I am looking forward to starting on the album. I don't know what we are going to put on it yet but we'll decide that soon.

"I have been singing for about two years and enjoy swing so I think the album will include quite a bit of that."

Although this is Aaron's biggest success so far he is no stranger to competing in front of big crowds. Last year he entered the borough's Raw Talent competition at the Town Show and finished fourth.

The talented youngster, who hopes to make a career in showbiz, is also involved in local drama and dance club Chaos Crew and plans to take performing arts at college after completing his GCSEs.

He added: "My friends and family are really happy for me. I thought that some of my mates might take the mick but they've all been supportive."

Beverly Rush, Aaron's mother and a former Dagenham Girl Piper, said: "He was so shocked when he found out that he'd won that one of the girls had to push him out on stage.

"We are really proud of him.


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