Harry hopes to secure place in singing final as wildcard entry

STILL HOPING: Harry Planck.
STILL HOPING: Harry Planck.
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Singers Joe Baker, from Boxford, and Hadleigh schoolboy Harry Planck, were unsuccessful in their bid to get through to the finals of national singing contest Open Mic 2013.

The talented duo performed in the same regional final on Sunday but were not in the final six chosen.

However, Harry, 14, from Churchill Avenue, has been given a wild card by the competition organisers and, if he gets enough votes, he will go through to the final.

Mum Hayley said: “Harry is asking everyone to vote for him. People have to text wildcard207 to 84222.

“The deadline is December 11 and we will find out if he is in the final on January 18.”

Mrs Planck said her son, a Hadleigh High School pupil, lost his voice just before the competition and was only able to practise a few days before.

“He has done very well,” she said. “He is very serious about singing.”

Harry won a talent competition in Hadleigh, and appears in his school’s next production.

Paramedic student Joe, 20, from Marsh Road, joined Surrey University’s gospel choir last year before auditioning for Open Mic.

He said he was disappointed he did not get through to the final at the NEC in Birmingham but he had enjoyed the experience.