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What's next for TV's unsignedAct?

If you watched the Orange unsignedAct competition on Channel 4 recently you'll probably already know Tommy Riley. The singer/songwriter from Glasgow bagged himself a record deal and a 60,000 advance to make his album. Newsbeat caught up with the 19-year-old to find out how he feels about his new-found success, what his plans are for the future and why he still loves living at home.

Tommy Reilly
Tommy says his big ambition is to play at T in the Park

Congratulations on the deal. Has it sunk in yet?

Not really! It's really cool. It's been a bit weird as well, but good weird.

You wowed the judges straight away on the programme. Were you ever expecting that reaction?

That was really cool. I only went on the competition because I was at that point where I had to decide what I wanted to do with my life. You've left school and your parents are like, 'What are you going to do?'. I always wanted to try and give the music a shot.

I only went in for a professional opinion on the songs. To be honest I wasn't that sure. My friends had said they quite liked the tunes but I didn't know. I'd been gigging for about a year. Your friends will always say it's good, so I went on the show to find out if the songs are any good or not. For it to go that well, I'm really chuffed.

What's next for you? You've got the record deal and 60,000 cash advance. That's not money in your pocket but for making the album?

Yeah, that's money for work. But it's still cool to have it. I've got a bunch of shows booked for the end of February, a wee Scottish tour. I've not played in two weeks so I'd like to go out and do another show. We've got to go and made the record at some point.

Have you got the songs written for that or are you writing new songs?
Lauren Laverne, Tommy Reilly and Jo Whiley
Tommy with Unsigned Band judges Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley

I'm writing more than ever because I've not got uni to go to or work to go to any more. I thought there were a few there already, but obviously some of them need some work. I think the plan is to go in and record as many as possible acoustically and we'll try and pick the best ones.

When you get your first pay check, what are you going to spend it on?

I don't know. If money was no object I wouldn't mind a flat. But then living at home has got its plus sides, like I'm not very good at laundry or cooking. I'm staying at home at the moment because it's cheap and free. I wouldn't mind a holiday as well. I want to go to America and visit my cousins.

What would be the ultimate 'I've made it now' moment for you? What are you aiming for?

My favourite thing in the world is playing a gig, I just love it. If I get to play T in the Park this year, I'll be over the moon. That's been a dream of mine since the first time I went. The first time I went was about five years ago and when I saw that I was like, 'Yeah, I really, really want to play here'.

There's nothing quite like it, there's some buzz about the place. I'm already really chuffed, I'm really happy with everything that's happening, but to get to play T in the Park - that would be the icing on the cake.

Which artist are you the biggest fan of?

There's loads, it's quite hard for me. I like everyone. Bob Dylan I'm a big fan of definitely.

Will you be gigging in England as well?

I've got a gig in Camden soon - 18 February. That's the only one down south at the moment. Hopefully once we know what we're doing in terms of when we're recording and how we're going to do the album I'll pencil a load of stuff in. I'd like to play all over the place, it'll be great.

Tommy Reilly was speaking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sarah Jane Griffiths.

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