Singing for Gary Barlow on peaktime TV? I'll Take That, says Downend's Lee

Published on: 30 Jan 2017

A  SINGER in a Take That tribute band finally got to meet his Idol Gary Barlow when he auditioned in front of him on national television for a lead role in a musical about the pop giants.

Lee Stinchcombe, from Bromley Heath, lived out his dream of performing in front of millions of people across the country as he took part in BBC’s new talent show, Let it Shine, last month.

The 36-year-old charity worker, who is a member of Just Take That, impressed the judges with his singing but they decided he wasn’t quite right for a lead part in the musical.

He said: “I have been singing since I was 15 years old when me and some school friends started a band which covered Oasis songs. It was a great band but I was more into pop so left the band, which is still going today, to concentrate on that.

“After leaving the band and doing some George Michael gigs I formed another band which was called The Canes and we performed together for five years and recorded a number of original songs.

“Singing and performing has always been my passion and Just Take That is great fun. We are busy most weekends performing at weddings, golf clubs and hotels up and down the country which is great. 

“Performing on Let it Shine was a great experience which I really enjoyed. Six thousand people applied for the show and they invited around 1500 people to audition up and down the country. 

“I went to Cardiff and spent the day singing and dancing up against some really talented guys. I was fortunate enough to have impressed enough to be invited to London to perform for the executive producers of the show. 

“Off of the back of the London trip I was then invited to Manchester to perform for the judges and cameras. I had made it to the last 64 from the 6000 that had applied.”

Lee, who also has a YouTube account with dozens of videos of himself covering Take That songs, has also auditioned for The X Factor and The Voice after being approached by them.

He said: “I auditioned for X Factor but never heard back. The Voice audition went well and I was invited back to the next round but I decided against it. I always follow my instincts and unfortunately it didn’t feel right.”

Taking part in the national talent show has opened a few doors for Lee, whose band has received several enquiries.

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