Sidmouth’s Zak aims to shine after facing TV judges

Zak Robinson performing on Let It Shine. Photographer: Guy Levy

Zak Robinson performing on Let It Shine. Photographer: Guy Levy - Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

A Sidmouth teenager is more driven than ever to pursue a musical theatre career - after appearing on the BBC’s new singing show.

Zak Robinson, 17, featured on Let It Shine on Saturday night, after beating thousands of hopefuls to audition in front of judges Gary Barlow, Danni Minogue, Martin Kemp and Amber Riley.

The show is searching for five male leads for a new production called The Band.

Unfortunately, the Sidmouth College pupil missed out on the next round of the competition by one point.

Danni Minogue told the teenager: “I really see you doing this. I’m just not sure that right now is the time for you.”

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Speaking to the Herald this week, Zak said: “It was a very strange experience. It was so surreal. When I came on the TV, it was the strangest feeling. I couldn’t believe it

“I had other comments saying that I should definitely come back next year.

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“It was the right thing that happened. Maybe I need more experience and, in years to come, I could try again.”

Zak, who is now applying to drama school, said the audition had given him the drive to focus on his music and pursue a career in musical theatre.

“Musical theatre is what I love more than anything,” he added.

Proud dad Christopher said: “Zak handled it unbelievably well. He stood there and listened to what they had to say, taking it all in.

“He said it was the most amazing experience. He learnt so much and it made him more determined to make it happen - and that’s the reaction we want.

“There’s a fire in his belly. I think that’s what Danni was talking about. It’s about how you react.”

Zak is now looking ahead to play the Fonz in Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s production of Happy Days at the Manor Pavilion – where tickets are on sale.

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