This time last year Ben Forster was a singer and songwriter looking for that elusive big break, but now he is one of the rising stars of musical theatre.
Since winning ITV's Superstar, the singer from Sunderland has been catapulted into the national spotlight.
Ben is currently playing to packed houses in the Rocky Horror Show and is preparing for the opening night in his home city of Sunderland.
We had a look back at what has been an incredible year for him.
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