Grandmother's delight as Michael Parsons and his boyband GMD3 wow X Factor judges
A CLEETHORPES grandmother has told of her pride as her grandson wowed X Factor judges with a heart-felt audition.
Former Humberston School pupil Michael Parsons, 18, was the highlight of the ITV show with his three-piece boyband GMD3 on Sunday night, singing I'll Make Love To You by Boyz 2 Men.
Michael and his bandmates Greg West, 18, and Dan Ferrari-Lane, 19, will now make their way to the X Factor boot camp.
And his family could not be prouder.
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Grandmother, Patricia Ansett, 76, said: "He is a very lovely boy and when he was younger his ambition was to become a film director.
"As a child, his mother, Carol, was an Abba tribute singer and he always used to be helping by putting out sound equipment – even at two years old!
"We went to a talent show in Butlins at Skegness and his brother Matthew entered ... but at the last minute he chickened out.
"In the end, Michael, who was just six, said he would take his place and he performed a Boyzone song.
"He was excellent and the crowd went mad for him – this was the first time we realised he had a talent."
After making the discovery, Michael joined the Stagecoach Theatre group, which was based at Lindsey School, and he gained half a scholarship there to pursue acting and singing.
He went on to record Mariah Carey's song Hero at the Abbey Road studio in London, and it was screened on Fox television.
In 2006, he moved from his family home in Fairway Court, Cleethorpes, to Windsor with his mum, dad and older brother, after landing himself a role in The Sound Of Music, starring as Kurt Von Trapp at the London Palladium.
Patricia continued: "I always knew he was talented and I think it must run in the family because his mother used to sing."
Following the move south, Michael gained a scholarship at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, in London, where he met his GMD3 bandmates.
He later moved to The Windsor Boys School to concentrate on his education.
For the past 18 months, the boys – who are influenced by music superstar Chris Brown – have been practising in Michael's parents' flat.
"He really is mad about music and the boys just practice all the time together," added Patricia.
"I watched him on Sunday by myself and I was very proud of him – but I am very critical and I have seen them perform better.
"I think it was the fact they had to get up at 4am on the day to travel to the 02 and then they performed at 7pm.
"I could hear it in their voices that they were terrified and I could hear their nerves – however I still loved their performance.
"Michael has also been busy writing his own material and there will be some good songs coming up in the future, I'm sure."
The band uploaded their first YouTube cover, and have already clocked more than 3.3-million views, and more than 100,000 combined Twitter followers
Managed by Primary Wave Talent Management, they've already supported Alexis Jordan on her 2011 UK tour and have spent time in LA and New York writing music.
Now, as X Factor success beckons, the boys are recording their debut album.
Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph for updates.