Seven-year-old Sunderland lad Oliver’s got talent

Oliver Blake 97) of Tunstall Village Green, Sunderland, who won an Boys to Men 2011 UK talent completion.
Oliver Blake 97) of Tunstall Village Green, Sunderland, who won an Boys to Men 2011 UK talent completion.
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YOUNG, talented and good looking – he’s got it all.

Now Oliver Blake has also scooped first prize in a national modelling contest.

The seven-year-old, from Tunstall Village Green, has scooped first place in Boys To Men 2011 UK.

Oliver’s delighted mum Debra, 43, said: “We were thrilled. He has always enjoyed singing and dancing more than anything.

“We entered him in the competition and sent his photo off.

“We got a call saying he was going to be in the competition and we didn’t know what to expect. We thought it might be like the American ones you see on TV, but it really wasn’t.”

Oliver competed in the pageant which saw him have four changes of clothes, from sport, fashion and evening wear, as well as singing in the talent section.

Debra said: “His male idol is Michael Jackson but we decided to go for a slow song so we chose Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables.

“He dressed up as a little orphan with a ripped shirt and dirty face. He was in his element.”

The young star beat off competition to claim a trophy, sash and medal as well as a place in the Boys To Men World 2011 competition, where boys from all over the world will travel to London to compete.

“The judges were looking for natural beauty, a good personality, talent, dress sense and style,” said Debra.

Oliver, who is a new pupil at Durham Chorister School, is no stranger to the limelight. He won The Sunderland Echo Bonny Baby competition in 2004 before going on to win Baby Idol North East and even appearing in a Magnet Kitchen avert as a tot.

Debra said Oliver seems intent on a life on stage.

“All he says he want to do is sing and dance and he seems to want it more and more each year as he gets older,” said Debra.

“I would definitely encourage him. He is young at the moment, but it will be his choice to pursue it as a career if he wants to, when he come to that age.”

Talent seems to run in the family. Oliver’s big sister Megan, 13, was recently named UK winner of Young Poets Of The Year 2011.

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