Former X Factor star coming to Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 11:40 08 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:43 08 February 2015

You could win tickets to see Ray Quinn at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar

You could win tickets to see Ray Quinn at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar

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A former X Factor star and Dancing on Ice champion is coming to Potters Bar next month.

Ticket competition

The Welwyn Hatfield Times has teamed up with promoters of Ray Quinn’s Dare to Dream tour to offer a pair of tickets to his Wyllyotts Theatre show.

To stand a chance of winning two tickets to the concert on Friday, March 13, simply answer the following question:

Ray started out in which Channel 4 soap?

A) Brookside

B) EastEnders

C) Emmerdale

To enter, text WHT RAY followed by your answer (A, B or C), name, age, full postal address and email to 80058 – for example: WHT RAY B Terry Smith, 48, 29 The Campus, WGC, AL8 6AP, terry.smith@whtimes.co.uk

Texts cost 25p plus your standard network rate. The closing date is 4pm on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random after the closing date.

At least one adult must be present. Tickets are non-exchangeable.

Winners will be required to collect their tickets from the box office on the night of the show. Any travel and accommodation will not be included in the prize.

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It is a long way from Brookside to the Wyllyotts Theatre.

But that’s the path singer, actor and reality TV star Ray Quinn will complete when he brings his 2015 Dare to Dream tour to Potters Bar.

Following his recent win on ITV’s Get Your Act Together, Ray will be hitting the road from March onwards on his 20-date UK tour.

The former The X Factor runner-up and Dancing on Ice champion of champions will be appearing at the Wyllyotts Theatre, off Darkes Lane, on Friday, March 13.

After hanging up his skates, the born entertainer has spent the last year in the studio, writing and recording his new music.

The crooner’s five-track EP Old Soul, Young Blood, which was released last year, went straight to number two on the iTunes pre-order chart, and the 26-year-old’s new album, entitled Dare to Dream, is due to be released in April.

Working with a five-man, in-house team of songwriters and producers, it takes Ray in a new direction, away from big band swing to more of a jazzy, soul funk sound, with some original ballads thrown in for good measure.

Ray said: “After the success of my first album back in 2007, I’ve had time to grow as an artist.

“I’m now doing songs that I’m writing from my experiences and through maturity in the industry.

“Alongside a great team of producers and writers, I’m helping to produce the music I want, in a style I can only describe as a funk/soul/jazz feel – taking myself towards a new direction, creating songs that move people and reaching out to a wider demographic.”

Ray first found fame in Brookside, the infamous soap based in Liverpool.

But his career really took off when he was announced as The X Factor runner-up to Leona Lewis in 2006.

His debut album, Doing It My Way, went platinum in its first week and entered the UK charts at number one.

Ray then turned his focus to the stage and starred in a number of major West End shows, including Grease, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

He also won ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2009 and then the final ‘All Stars’ series last year.

Of his upcoming tour, he added: “I’m right at home singing live on stage, so it will be as much as a treat for me as it will my fans. This is my passion and I cannot wait.”

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