Great Glen teenager Tristan's trying to win place at royal gala
He may have supported McFly on tour but Tristan Maxted says he is still nervous about his latest musical venture.
The teenager, from Great Glen, has made it through to the regional final of a national competition to perform at a royal gala in November for the Queen's Jubilee.
He is heading to Birmingham this Sunday to perform Coldplay's Fix You – along with friend Elliot Buchanan – as part of the Diamond Kids competition.
They will be up against acts including magicians, acrobats and dancers.
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Tristan, 15, said: "I'm always a bit nervous before I perform, but I think it's good to have a few nerves.
"I know the adrenalin will kick in when I get on the stage and I think we could be in with a good chance.
"We've been practising and now just have to go out there and do it."
The pair, who attend Robert Smyth Academy, in Market Harborough, submitted a recording of their duet via YouTube and have been whittled down from more than 1,000 under-18s to get this far.
The competition has been organised by children's newspaper First News and is being judged by the likes of Yvie Burnett – a voice coach to the stars on X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
Tristan, who has a mini-recording studio at home, is no stranger to being in the limelight.
He has performed on John Barrowman's Tonight's The Night TV show with his band, My Kid Brother, with McFly on backing vocals.
It was this which led him to support the band at the Hammersmith Apollo.
He started learning music when he was six and said his family – particularly his mum, a teaching assistant who also teaches guitar – had been a big influence.
It will be the first big performance for Elliot, 15, who can be seen playing the piano in their YouTube video.
He said: "I've performed with Tristan at school concerts but this is something totally different.
"I'm definitely feeling nervous but I've got lots of my immediate family and friends coming on Sunday, so there will be plenty of people cheering us on."
Two acts will be chosen from the regional final to go to London and show off their talent to a member of the royal family at the Savoy Theatre on November 4.
The audience will also be able to vote for the regional winners.
Nicky Cox, editor of First News, said: "We had an impressive panel of experts who chose the acts to perform at Birmingham, including talent scout and choreographer Arlene Phillips and Nigel Wright, musical director for the X Factor.
"We can't wait for the live show."
Tickets to the event, which takes place at the New Alexandra Theatre, are available from its box office.
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