BRADFORD City announcer Tom Milner has spoken of his relief at finally being able to tell people about getting through the first round of The Voice.

The 24-year-old, who was back to his Bantams day job on Tuesday, appeared on the BBC1 singing competition at the weekend, where coach Ricky Wilson praised his performance.

Actor and singer Tom, who is best-known for his role in school-based television drama Waterloo Road, said auditions had been filmed at the end of October.

"I obviously couldn't keep it from my close friends and family, but when it came out it was a bit of a relief as I do like to talk," he said.

"The reaction on social media has been crazy with great comments from people."

Singers perform to a studio audience and judges Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky, Boy George, Paloma Faith and, who was a founder member of The Black Eyed Peas.

The judges' backs are to the singer during the performance and if they like what they hear, they can turn their chair and the singer joins their team for the next round of the show. If more than one judge wants to coach the contestant, they pitch against each other.

Tom, from Northowram, sang Wait On Me by Rixton in his 'blind audition'.


"Ricky turned quite quickly so I thought I am just going to enjoy it, which then saw me turn into this frontman who had a lot of energy," he said.

"He's a great guy and it's great working with him. Being from Yorkshire we have a lot in common. The only problem is, he's a Leeds fan."

Tom became the City match day announcer at the beginning of the season, in what started out as a bit of a joke, he said.

The massive Bantams' fan, who has been a season-ticket holder since he was six, said he was recognised by fans of The Voice at Valley Parade on Tuesday night, and people were asking for photos.

Bradford City chief executive James Mason added: “We look forward to seeing how his story unfolds and it will be great to see him at City on a Saturday afternoon and then tune in to see how he does on The Voice on a Saturday night.

“We have got a growing list of celebrity fans, and let’s hope Tom becomes the biggest of them all.”

Tom was a student of Stardom School of Performing Arts, based in Shelf. Its principal Liz Davies said: "He came to Stardom pretty much from when we first opened, when he was 11, so I was really proud to see him on The Voice. He deserves it as he's always been an all rounder and throws himself into everything that he does.

"He's a lovely lad and I really hope that this gets him to where he wants to be."

The Voice continues with another round of blind auditions on Saturday at 7.45pm on BBC1.

Tom will be back on our screens when the team battle rounds, which are yet to be filmed, are aired in a few weeks.