Ben grew up in Sunderland with his family in the 80’s; it was a mining town that was hit hard economically so times were tough growing up. At school Ben remembers his music teacher Mrs Bennett who was a real inspiration to him. She realised Ben’s potential and encouraged him to perform; she introduced him to The National Youth Theatre and eventually the Italia Conti stage school. Stage school gave Ben the opportunity to get his first West End gig – performing in Le Cava and also as Doody in Grease a few years later. A short stint on a cruise ship and back-to-back gigs helped build Ben’s confidence. Ben then appeared on The X Factor in 2009 making it through to Boot Camp but that’s where that journey ended. He was making money from performing and so decided to turn his hand to property. He bought his first flat and renovated it himself, knocking down walls and designing plans.
How did it feel when you found out you got through to the live finals?
It was the most amazing feeling I have ever felt, I honestly couldn’t imagine what it would feel like – I cried like a baby and then I bowed to Lord Lloyd Webber!!
What can we expect from you in the live shows?
In the live shows you will see every part of my performing ability – Superstar is totally testing me in different styles and genres. Hopefully a strong vocal and good performance will capture imaginations and the public will see I could play the role.
How has the experience been for you so far?
The experience has been a massive challenge! I have never worked so hard on anything in my life; it’s been scary, stressful, positive and amazing!
What would winning Superstar mean to you and how do you think it will change your life?
To win Superstar would be a real life changing moment. I can imagine everything in my life would be different after it, from work, offers of work to just popping down the shops! It would also be a real thumbs up from the UK and I would finally feel like I had achieved my goals.
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