HE captured the hearts of a nation with his melodic voice, and now Isaac Waddington is in line for a special honour.
The 16-year-old from Portchester is to receive an achievement award as part of Fareham Borough Council’s Citizen of Honour Award Scheme.
Councillors at an executive meeting voted to recognise Isaac’s musical achievements, and his success on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Isaac’s mum, Imogen Waddington, said the young singer and pianist was thrilled about the honour.
‘He’s very pleased about it,’ she said.
‘He has practiced a lot and I guess you could say that it is paying off.’
Isaac performed at Bestival on the Isle of Wight on Thursday and is starting his studies at a Guildford music college next week.
Since finishing fifth in the talent show final he has signed a recording contract with Simon Cowell’s firm Syco.
Council leader Councillor Sean Woodward said he was delighted to offer Isaac the award.
He said: ‘He has done fantastically well and they are a really lovely local family. Having been signed up by Simon Cowell he has a very bright future in front of him.’
He has done fantastically wellImogen Waddington
Mrs Waddington said Isaac had already been busy in the recording studio. She said: ‘There was quite a lot of attention initially after Britain’s Got Talent. That’s died down now, which is probably a good thing.
‘He is focusing on writing his first album, and starting college is really exciting for him.’
Mrs Waddington said Isaac’s TV appearances gave his budding music career a massive push.
She said: ‘Britain’s Got Talent was the platform that he needed but I think from being on that show that people can tell that he has genuine talent with genuine singing ability.
‘He has put a lot of work in over the last few years in both piano and singing and his voice is now very well-trained.’
Isaac joined the Chichester Cathedral Choir when he was nine and has played piano since he was seven.
He has recently passed his Grade 8 singing exam with distinction.
Isaac will be presented with a Citizen of Honour medal and certificate by Fareham’s mayor ‘as soon as possible’.