A Crawley man sang for millions on BBC talent show The Voice.
Stephen Bloy’s performance of Bring Him Home was shown on Saturday (January 31).
Stephen, 44, of Broadfield, is a classically trained tenor who started singing at Worth School.
He said: “This is a first, something that will live in my memory for ever.
“The crowd was magnificent, when I sang the first note I just thought, wow this is amazing, you are really behind me and this is great.”
Stephen said the performance, which was filmed on October 2, gave him a “great platform” to sing to a large audience.
He was nervous about how he would be shown.
He said: “My wife and I were sitting holding each other’s hands.
“It felt like, ‘How was this going to go?’ and it was brilliant, I was so pleased.”
Stephen did not pass the show’s audition stage. Participants pass to the next stage if enough of the panel of judges approve of their performance by turning around to face them.
He said he willed the judges to turn around during his performance.
Stephen was disappointed but said he became “philosophical” about the verdict.
The Friar church in Haslett Avenue West, Three Bridges, featured in the show’s segment on his background.
Stephen and his wife Clair, 39, who moved to Crawley in 2006, organise the music played at the Catholic church as volunteers.
Stephen, who works part-time for Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Christian Education Centre in Southgate Drive, said the church was where he got his musical inspiration from.
Stephen was born in Kent and attended the Worth School aged nine.
He took singing lessons at the independent Catholic school near Turners Hill.
His musical career started at the school.
He sang to his first audience in the school’s production of the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat musical.
He took a three-year course in vocal studies at the Trinity College of Music in London from 1997.
He joined the British Youth Opera and the Grange Park Opera.
Stephen hopes his exposure on the BBC show would help his career.
He said: “Hopefully this is not the last [TV appearance] and will lead on to greater things for me.”
Stephen performs for a Crawley social club. He provides regular entertainment for The Posh Club, in its events in St Mary’s Church in Southgate.