FORMER barman and plumbing assistant Warren Sollars wowed the West End stage last night after winning a part in Chicago through the Channel 4 show Musicality.
Warren, 20, of Forest Drive, Broughton, took centre stage at The Adelphi Theatre in London after impressing judges on the talent search programme.
More than 2,000 amateur hopefuls - from security guards to teachers, from housewives to IT consultants - applied to take part in Musicality. And for Warren, fame on the West End stage realised a lifelong dream.
The former pupil of St David's High School in Saltney appeared in school plays from the age of 10 and recently enjoyed a taste of success with his boy band 3Style, which featured his younger brother Ashley and pal Themba Mulva.
He now hopes his performance in Chicago, will stand him in good stead of further stage success.
Warren spent all this week in rehearsals before taking to the stage last night in front of his mum Karen, step-dad Pete and brothers Ashley, 16, and Bradley, 10.
The family travelled to London to see Warren perform for one night only in the hit show which tells of murder and treachery.
Warren, who played one of the slick male dancers, said: 'The whole Musicality experience has been so amazing.
'I never thought I would make it to the final five contestants. I have learnt so much from my tutors.'
Warren gave up his plumbing job and bar work at the Offa's Dyke pub in Broughton in search of fame on the Channel 4 show.
He applied to take part after his mum one day handed him a leaflet which was advertising for contestants.
Warren said: 'I have learnt so much from Musicality.
'My tutors have taught me how to hold myself and how to put emotion into a song. The whole experience has been such a learning curve for me.'
To make it to the final five, Warren trained in private before turning on the razzle for the show's judges - who included West End stalwart Julia Mackenzie.
'When I was about 12 I auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and got into a few shows. I carried on until I was about 15 before I decided to concentrate on my GCSEs,' said Warren.
'I didn't get back into it until I was 18 when I decided it was what I wanted to do as a career.'
Despite his talent, Warren admits it has taken Musicality to bring the performer out in him.
'I always knew I had something but I found it difficult getting it across. Musicality has helped me so much,' said Warren.
'My brother Ashley so wants to follow the same path.'
Warren Sollars appears on Musicality: The Winners Album cast CD which was released on Monday. Catch Warren Sollars' appearance in Chicago in Musicality, Channel 4 at 9pm next Wednesday.