Jordan makes waves in Strictly Come Singing

Jordan James Thompson from Newtownabbey (pictured third from left) with the Strictly Come Singing judges Robin Elliott, Jay Cartmill and Katrina 0'Reilly.  Pic by Jonny Weston
Jordan James Thompson from Newtownabbey (pictured third from left) with the Strictly Come Singing judges Robin Elliott, Jay Cartmill and Katrina 0'Reilly. Pic by Jonny Weston
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A NEWTOWNABBEY teenager has wowed judges and audiences alike in a hotly contested province-wide musical talent competition.

Jordan James Thompson, aged 18, walked off with the Best Male Singer title and made Second place overall in a knife edge-conclusion to the ‘2012 Strictly Come Singing’ contest at Belfast’s Europa Hotel in May.

Singing sensation Jordan James Thompson.

Singing sensation Jordan James Thompson.

Jordan has been playing musical instruments and singing to entertain from the tender age of four. He is now proficient in no less than five instruments and can also boast a decade of public performance.

The Belfast Royal Academy pupil (pictured inset performing) is currently working towards four A Levels, including Music Technology, and studying for Grade 8 in Guitar, Piano and Vocals. He hopes to go to university to study Music and Music Technology.

It was Jordan’s belief that the time was right to stretch himself a little bit further before University beckoned, that led to him entering Strictly Come Singing. His initial goal was to hone his skills - but little did he know that an exciting journey lay ahead.

Months and literally dozens of performance later Jordan found himself pitched as one of the leading contenders who was repeatedly referred to by the judges as “a musical genius with the vocal power and tones of a star in waiting”.

Singing at the Europe Hotel over a two-day final stage last month, Jordan made it down to the last five contestants. Undaunted, it was this high level of competition that brought out the true performer in Jordan at his most prolific. Playing an impressive three instruments at once and with a voice beyond his years, Jordan inspired judges and audiences to their feet.

A grounded musical talent poised to make his mark in the music scene, this is a local young man who has done himself and the borough proud.