Harry Judd on McFly audition that felt like fate and why he left home at 17

Drummer Harry Judd had a "gut feeling" when he auditioned for McFly back in 2003 when he was just 17 years old, admitting that it "felt like fate" that he joined the hit boyband.

Harry, 37, is one quarter of McFly alongside Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter, and the foursome have enjoyed huge success over the past 20 years with several number one hits and albums.

The band was formed in 2003 after singers Tom and Danny held auditions for two more band members and found Harry and Dougie, with their first song released just eight months later.

Harry has opened up about joining McFly, revealing he was only 17 when he decided to go for the audition and it turned out to be "life-changing" straight away.

"I found out about the audition for McFly through a school friend who was getting into music; his management were looking for a drummer so I went for it, aged 17. Tom and Danny were the singers, they started the band and they got the record deal, and me and Dougie got in, and eight months later our single was number one," the drummer told the Telegraph.

He admitted he felt like a "fraud" as he hadn't been learning to play the drums for very long, having initially wanted to learn guitar.

He added: "That was it, it was life-changing from then on. I was on TV and in recording studios. Because I wasnโ€™t trained, I felt like a bit of a fraud. I didnโ€™t quite feel like I belonged, so I had to push myself and work hard to match up to the musicians I was surrounded by. I had a gut feeling with the band โ€“ what did I know? I was just 17! But it felt like fate."

Harry's gut feeling proved to be right and McFly shot to fame overnight, prompting him to move out at the age of 17 – a move which his mum Emma has spoken about on Celebrity Race Across the World.

She revealed how tough it was to see her son leave home to begin his music career, admitting it "broke her heart" as she "missed" him so much.

On the show, Harry and Emma opened up about the lack of time they spent together with Emma admitting she sometimes feels "empty" because of it.

Harry told his mum: "Since I was 17 we haven't spent a long period of time together," prompting her to then confess: "And then now, when we are with the children, it's always we've just made a cup of coffee and we start talking and then there is 'oh no, sorry mum' or 'I've got to go' so I feel always quite empty.

"I'm not able to really talk to you, I feel I haven't had that opportunity for ages."

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