HE HAS spent years singing in Launceston pubs and rock challenges, but last night was the first time Reuben Koops sang to the nation.
The 19-year-old Riverside musician stole the hearts of many as he made it through the first round of Australia's Got Talent with a standing ovation.
Koops sang an original called Two Little Words , which he wrote about his fiancee, Tanisha van Winden.
``I wrote it about the time I was in, and still am in, of being engaged,'' the former Launceston Christian College student said.
``I got engaged nearly a year ago and we get married in four weeks.
``It's all about the feelings you have and that time.''
Despite performing since he was 13, Koops said he was so nervous about the Melbourne audition.
``I got there at about midday and I didn't play till after 10pm,'' he said.
``Walking out to that crowd was pretty bizarre. I was so nervous, you'd been sitting there all day and then this is the point that it's happening.
``I sung the last note and had my eyes shut and when I opened them, I got to see the 1000 people all stand up and applaud, it was an incredible experience.''
All four judges also stood with Dawn French saying: ``What a gorgeous song, I think you are going to go miles Reuben'.
Timomatic said Koops reminded him of a teen version of John Mayer.
``And even though it was an original I felt like I knew the song which is a very hard thing to do,'' Timomatic said.
Most songs the Barrats Music part-time worker writes are inspired by his fiancee.
``We've been together for four years now, so a lot of the music that I've recorded and written comes from her,'' he said.
``There's not a day that I live that I don't do anything with music, whether it's listening or playing or writing, it's definitely a huge part of my life.''
And it will continue to be for some time.
```Music was what I used to do for a bit of pocket money, it was good and something I was really passionate about, but I didn't think it would be a viable career,'' Koops said.
Locksmith and self-taught dancer Scott Carnes, 47, of Launceston, also made it to the next round.