Name: Afnan Iftikhar
From: North Shields
Afnan was voted out of the show on SHOW 5 – Monday 16 July.
In high school he and his friends started a band and played a few gigs. The band fizzled out but Afnan discovered that he was happiest when he was performing.
Afnan taught himself to play the guitar and drums and joined another band called Back Seat Angel. His love of rock music grew – influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Audioslave and Muse.
It wasn’t until university that Afnan discovered musical theatre, his mentor gave him a couple of CD’s to listen to and one of them was Steve Balsamo’s version of Gethsemane. On hearing the song for the first time knew he wanted to play that role.
His main hobby as a child was cricket – he played for many teams and imagined he’d be a professional cricketer when he was older.