Sam Buttery needs your vote, after winning place on The Voice live show
TAMWORTH singer Sam Buttery is urging residents to pick up their phones and vote when he performs live on The Voice this weekend.
Sam, aged 20, from Amington, was celebrating after he was given the nod through to the battle rounds by Sir Tom Jones last weekend following a sing-off with a fellow contestant.
And the singer, who said he felt like the 'bee's knees' after the performance, wants to thank the people of Tamworth for supporting him.
Speaking to the Herald, he said: "Watching it back was really weird, but I loved the judges' comments and I'm glad they liked my voice and personality.
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"I've received messages of support from loads of people and I just want to thank everyone. I feel like I'm putting Tamworth on the map."
Sam sailed through after a performance of the Elvis Presley song A Little Less Conversation, which he sang head-to-head with Aundrea Nyle.
The judges' comments were positive for the Tamworth singer, with Tom Jones praising Sam's 'huge personality' before sending him through to the live show.
For Sam, the moment was overwhelming.
He said: "It felt amazing. Before you go out there on stage, and a lot of contestants have said this too, it's like the calm before the storm. Waiting for the result was nerve-racking but I was really pleased to go through."
But Sam hasn't had much time to celebrate. Instead, he has been thrown straight into rehearsals for the live shows, which kick-start this weekend.
Two singers, one from each team, will be eliminated in this weekend's spectacular, which is down to the viewer's vote.
Talking about the live rounds, Sam added: "I feel comfortable to go out there on stage and give it my all. I hope the public votes for me."
After his performance, Sam has told how he has been recognised in the streets even more.
He said: "I was out shopping in Tesco and someone ran up to me and asked for my autograph. It's all quite surreal."
Best friend Grace Healy, aged 21, from Amington, was backstage during Sam's battle round and also during his live audition.
She said: "I'm completely over the moon for Sam because I know how much performing means to him.
"He has never wanted to do anything else, so to see him living his dream makes me so happy and proud of him."
Sam will be on BBC1 this weekend, with the live show on Saturday from 7pm and the results show on Sunday from 7.25pm.
The singer has since revealed how his song choice will be a 'surprise'.