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From Tanbridge House to world chart success?

A former Horsham schoolboy has been tipped to top the charts across the world after starring on Australian TV.

Singer/songwriter Joe Moore, 21, hopes his performances in front of a million viewers on Australia’s Got Talent will be the launchpad to a successful career. The former Tanbridge House School pupil finished fourth in the final after wowing judges Dannii Minogue, Brian McFadden and Kyle Sandilands with a performance of Symphony, one of the songs he has written.

Sandilands, a well-known broadcaster Down Under, told him: “That is not just a number one hit. That is a worldwide number one hit. That was simply delightful – beautiful, emotional. It is a fantastic song – probably the best song I’ve ever heard originally on this show.”

McFadden, who made his name with Westlife before going solo, admitted: “I want that song. I want it for me – I want to sing that song. That’s a world-class number one hit record. If that’s released tomorrow, that’s going straight to number one.”

Minogue agreed, adding: “That is the biggest original track we’ve had on this show. It’s anthemic. It moved everybody.”

Fans told Moore on Facebook this week: “I was so gobsmacked that you didn’t win”, “you have won the heart of many Aussies” and “looking forward to the days when I can brag to my friends: I was there when Joe Moore the superstar was busking in Pitt Street Mall”.

The buzz he has created is not confined to his musical talent as Moore has been catapulted to heart-throb status in Australia. Other Facebook members posted: “Best eyes in the world”, “a babe” and “mmm, I think I’m in love”.

He told his fans through his website, www.joemoore.com.au: “I am totally overwhelmed by the feedback I am getting. I can’t thank you all enough for the kind words of praise and support I am constantly receiving.”

Soon after the results show, he told them on Twitter: “I want you all to know that this is the beginning for me. You are the reason I’m here and I will release my music for all of you to hear!!! X”

Moore first visited Sydney on a stopover from a family holiday to New Zealand when he was 12. His father fell in love with the city and the family migrated there four years later, but not before the young Joe had sung and played guitar in a band called Drops of Colour.

Former band-mate John Bell, who is now part of Horsham-based band Ornament Tournaments, told The Resident: “We played a couple of shows before Joe went to Australia, then played another when he returned after a year to see his family and friends. We played mostly old rock covers but also one of his own, I’m Not Leaving, which I believe he sang in the first audition.

“I was surprised when I heard he was in the final, although when I saw him on YouTube I could see that he’d be very popular. I think his vocals in particular have come a long way! I’ve seen from his Facebook that he’s still busking, so I guess he’s still very grateful for how far he’s got.”

Mike Harrison, who played guitar in Drops of Colour, said: “We did GCSE Music together at Tanbridge House, played together a bit and got on pretty well, then he suggested forming a band. We played a few parties and had a great time.

“Joe always had a talent for songwriting and connecting with people through his music. Having watched some of his busking on YouTube, you can see why he’s become so huge over there. I’m really glad about his success. It shows how determination and following your dream can pay off, and hopefully this is just the beginning of a great career.

“Foreign girls love British lads, so I’m sure Joe is coping well with all the attention – and probably loving it.

“I’d love to get Drops of Colour back for a reunion gig. Joe, an all-expenses-paid tour around Australia wouldn’t be too shabby either!”

To see Moore perform on Australia’s Got Talent, visit www.joemoore.com.au/videos

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