Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson Finalists – Toby Sebastian

By on Friday, 16th January 2009 at 11:00 am

Toby Sebastian (side)Local lad (well, to me here in Oxfordshire) Toby Sebastian has won himself a whole army of (mostly female) fans. He started learning the guitar 7 years ago when he was living in Andalucia, with the exoticness certainly shining through.

At just 16 he’s the youngest one left on Orange unsignedAct with Sony Ericsson, and has achieved an amazing amount considering how young he is. We caught up with him earlier in the week to sit down and have a chat about how things are going…

How are you finding balancing school work and the show?

Balancing school and the show.Very difficult. School has been so supportive and helpful.I nearly missed last term completely and I know I’ve messed up 2 drama productions as well as infuriating my rugby teacher.You know what sports teachers always say, There’s no I in TEAM ! My drama teachers are my best friends and my music teacher in fact most of my teachers are like friends but that won’t help with the studying.I cannot focus on school essays when this is going on. There’s filming every week plus a different song to do each week depending on what the judges told you the week before. Everyone tells you to do something different and literally everyone has their own opinion and they like you to hear it.So yes its more exhausting than you might think.

Being the youngest act on the show, does that give you any more pressure / less pressure?

Being the youngest is great there’s no pressure being young. I don’t notice any age difference really in the competition apart from the fact that on tour I couldn’t go out clubbing with the other acts! -I’m lucky to be in my first year of A levels because 2nd year exams are starting now and that would be tough.

If you could do a duet with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

It would be Jimi Hendrix and I would have kept him awake on the night he died. Ray Charles or Frank Sinatra but I honestly don’t think I could add much to their sound.

Are you close to any of the other artists behind the scenes?

I get on great with Hip Parade and Bo and Scarlets; there hasn’t been anyone I didn’t get on with …..I think they must have got rid of the prima donnas early on in the show.We wouldn’t be very good on Big Brother because we have all got on for the whole show.

Want to get more of a feel for what Toby Sebastian really sounds like? Have a watch and a listen below:

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