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Paisley boy stays at Academy

Monday 25 November 2002 @ 14:27 - GMT

Proud dad David Sneddon described his Fame Academy sons weekend singing performance as sensational and added: "He can go all the way he can win this".

The huge vote of confidence came after his boy David, 24, won the hearts of TV viewers to secure his place at the Academy on UK TV.

David, who has now twice been a probationer, clinched a fantastic 42 per cent of more than one million phone-in votes after singing his version of Elton's classic Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Among his supporters in the shows audience was his parents Anne and David who were thrilled by their sons singing.

Mr Sneddon told the Paisley Daily Express on November 25, 2002: It was a very difficult song and our David handled it brilliantly.

"He was confident, calm and professional. As soon as I heard him sing the first line I sat back and relaxed. I knew this was going to be a great performance and I wasnt proved wrong.

"David is the only student at the Academy who has not been criticised for his vocal performance and again he has been sensational."

Mr Sneddon went on: "I have always thought David could win but now I know he CAN win."

During Friday nights TV show Davids fellow probationer, Scot Ainslie Henderson, also kept his place at the Academy but Katie Lewis was voted out by viewers.

Mr Sneddon added: "Through the phone-in David got 42 per cent of more than one million votes, thats tremendous. It shows just how much the public is behind him."

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