Leeds teenager prepares for The Voice

Harris Hameed.
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MEET the teenage maths student from Leeds who’s hoping he has the right formula for musical success.

Harris Hameed will step into the TV spotlight on Saturday evening when he appears in the latest episode of BBC One show The Voice.

Harris, of Morley, is among the latest crop of would-be chart-toppers aiming to get the nod from the programme’s all-star panel of coaches.

And although the 17-year-old was yesterday staying tight-lipped about how he fares in the pre-recorded show, he says he is delighted he signed up for it.

Harris, who is studying creative media and maths at Leeds City College, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s an eye-opening experience – you find out a lot about yourself.

“It makes you aware how strong you can be in emotionally and mentally challenging situations. I think I managed to channel all of that positively.

“Being on the programme should stand me in good stead. To be around people who are all hungry for the same thing as you is a really good feeling.”

He also said he had talked with programme coach and Leeds indie rocker Ricky Wilson about their shared geographical roots, adding: “He was very supportive.”

Harris, who regularly busks on Briggate and at the Trinity Leeds centre, describes his musical style as R&B – but with a twist.

“I am always trying to change something in a song, whether it’s the tempo, the pitch or the way it is sung,” he said.

Other hopefuls taking to the stage in tomorrow’s episode of The Voice include Nathan Moore, frontman of 1980s boy band Brother Beyond.

Contestants who have appeared on previous shows in the series include Leeds’s Dene Michael, better known as the singer with novelty group Black Lace.

The Voice is on BBC One at 7.15pm on Saturday.

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