Gloucestershire teenager aims for the stars with boy band The Wanted
A BOY from Abbeydale is heading for stardom with his band The Wanted.
Nathan Sykes, 17, first got up on stage and sang when he was six years old.
Now, 11 years later, he is wowing crowds at The O2 and at Wembley Stadium in front of 72,000 people.
"That was absolutely wild," said Nathan.
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"The night before we were in Brighton singing in front of 70 kids. Then we sang in front of 72,000."
The Citizen has followed his career, from winning the title on the Britney Spears's Karaoke Kriminals in 2003, and on ITV's Ministry of Mayhem in 2004, to more local success in The Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art in 2003 and Live and Unsigned in Bristol in 2008.
He went to Longlevens Junior School, then turned down a place at The Crypt for a scholarship at Sylvia Young Theatre School in London before returning to Ribston Hall High School for the sixth form. But just weeks into starting at Ribston, he learned he was one of five boys to make up band The Wanted.
Initially sworn to secrecy, he told nobody at the school until a talent contest.
He said: "I thought it was for charity, so I said I'd do it. I was saying for weeks that I was going to do it, but they thought I was joking. Then I got up on stage and they were all shocked that I could sing."
Nathan won't return to Ribston in September, as he will be on tour. But the school has said he can return any time to finish his studies.
The band will release its first single All Time Low later this month.
Nathan said: "It's really nerve-wracking.
"You hear all these statistics about people listening on YouTube, and joining our Facebook group, but that doesn't mean they're going to buy the single."
Dubbed "The Cute One" by his band members, Nathan said he was settling into his new home in London with his band mates.
"We fit together like a bit of a puzzle," he said.