It was 20 years ago that his rendition of Lady in Red catapulted him to stardom and made him a household name.
For the next seven years it was a whirlwind of television interviews, concert gigs and studio recordings.
But now life has slowed down for Stars in Their Eyes winner Ian Moor who has embraced a return to a more ‘normal’ lifestyle.
Today he enjoys life as a lab technician at a secondary school near Bingley in West Yorkshire living with his fiancée and two dogs. His parents still live in Willerby.
To some, it may sound like a sad fall from grace but Ian does not see it that way at all.
“I gave up being a professional singer in 2006 as I struggled to find the top range due to a couple of medical issues including asthma,” he said.
“I am now a science lab technician and have been for 12 years at a couple of schools in West Yorkshire.
“What happened back then is now a generation ago, it was another life.
“I am still remembered by lots of people but I never really mention it now. It is not part of my life anymore.
“One guy I have become friends with after bowling with him was taken aback when he found out. He had no idea.”
Not only did Ian win Stars in Their Eyes, hosted by Matthew Kelly, but he went on to clinch the title of Champion of Champions.
He all but abandoned the performing life for a number of years but has started to embrace it again recently, albeit at a far more low-key level.
“I have done a few gigs here and there and I am a member of the Society of Mice which is a Hull organisation which performs for charity,” he said.
“But just last week I did my first proper gig for 12 years as a favour to a friend I go bowling with. It went pretty well although I struggled in a couple of areas.
“People told me afterwards I should do more and perhaps I will do some other small performances.”
For Ian, that whirlwind period of fame feels far removed nowadays as a 45-year-old.
“It doesn’t feel like 20 years ago and a lot has happened in that time,” he said.
“The first three or four years after I appeared on Stars in Their Eyes was bonkers.
“I did a lot of cool stuff. I made a studio album, toured the country and made several television appearances.
“But now I just do t,上海品茶QQKathleen,he odd things. At Guiseley School where I work I was a judge in our inaugural Got Talent show and I have been asked to judge other talent shows too.”
Before appearing on Stars in Their Eyes, Ian was a lab technician in the private sector, working in Bankside.
While performing the odd gig, Ian did not think of a career as a singer but that soon changed.
“I was doing a charity gig for the Society of Mice and one of the members said I sounded just like Chris De Burgh,” he said.
“Stars in Their Eyes was the only talent show back then and I sent off a tape. I didn’t expect anything from it.
“I got a call inviting me to audition in Leeds in front of a couple of researchers. I then got called to a second audition in Manchester and knew it was getting serious. Before I knew it I was on the show.
“It was all very surreal. It was not how I grew up. While I had been singing since I was seven I never had any real ambition to make a career out of it or seek fame.”
Appearing on the show proved a positive experience for Ian despite the pitfalls fame can bring.
“Before Stars in Their Eyes I didn’t have much confidence but after I knew I could do it,” he said.
“I had performed at the highest level and if some people didn’t like it then it didn’t matter to me.
“You can’t please everyone but I achieved a lot during that time.
“In many ways it was not really me but when I went on stage I became a different character. I could do what needed to be done.”
While some of those who have tasted fame are desperate to cling on to it, that was never the case for Ian.
“To be honest, that life was never really for me,” he said, “and I just enjoyed it while it lasted. When it all ended it did not hurt.
“I never dreamed it would ever get that big so it was all a bonus to me.
“I am very happy with what I do now although the showman in me still comes out now and again.”
Ian has strong views on the explosion of reality television shows but insists Stars in Their Eyes was a talent show and not a reality programme.
“Reality television is about as far from reality as you can get,” he said. “Stars in Their Eyes was never a reality show.
“BGT and the X Factor are still talent shows but it is also much more about the person themselves now.
“I do not fundamentally agree with the way these shows are presented. They are a bit of a con.
“On Stars in Their Eyes, while you were performing as someone else, what you saw was what you got.
“But I did apply for X Factor when it first came out in 2004 but I never got through. A lot of very good singers I knew also applied but none of us were successful.
“These shows have changed and evolved. We laugh at these people and we get to know and take an interest in their lives.”
Life could have been very different for Ian if he had maintained his fame and grown but it was not meant to be.
“After a while it was clear my singing career was coming to an end as I struggled with my voice,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me in the end like it doesn’t for hundreds of thousands of others.
“I don’t know if I would have been able to handle it if I had reached major stardom. Some people say it would never change them but you can never be sure.
“That said, I am very proud of what I achieved. It was never an ambition of mine to become a star.”
Rather than regret, Ian looks back fondly on his time in the spotlight.
“I ended up recording an album and I have some fantastic memories,” he said.
“One of the first shows I did after Stars in Their Eyes was a concert gig in Leeds. I met a girl there after the show and I am still with her all these years later and we are engaged.”
Ian did produce an album in 2001 called Naturally which broke into the top 40, peaking at number 38.
“The highlight during that time was recording my album,” he said. “I have vivid memories from that time.
“The year before I was invited down to the larg,上海品茶会所Iona,e studio in London for a day to watch Chris de Burgh record. It was an amazing experience.
“But a year later I was back at the same studio recording my very own album. It was bonkers.
“I remember doing a version of Don McLean’s Vincent and we did it in just one take.
“I did plenty of television shows. I met Sir David Frost and Lloyd Grossman when I featured on Through the Keyhole and I was the closing act on the Gerry Kelly Show in Belfast. Status Quo performed as well but I ended up higher up on the bill!
“I also dueted with Chris de Burgh a couple of times including on the Grand Show of Stars in Their eyes.
“But I has plenty of knock backs before and you will always get for more of those than successes.”
So, what advice does Ian have for wannabe stars in Hull?
“Don’t take criticism too seriously,” he said. “But take on board constructive criticism and always listen to those closest to you. They will give an honest opinion.
“I don’t regret anything from my singing days but I enjoy what I do now. I have my fiancée and my two dogs. I like the freedom of this life now.”
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