THE youngest Ness Factor contestant was thrust into the limelight when his girlfriend decided to put his name forward for the singing competition.
And now that he has successfully auditioned, Kyle Ross is enjoying every minute.
"My girlfriend Gemma MacLennen put me forward without me knowing," he said.
"I was a wee bit shocked and nervous when I found out because I have never done anything like it before, but it is actually going quite well and I am enjoying it. I have learnt so much already."
As well as learning how to sing, rehearsing for the competition and fundraising, the 26-year-old is also going through a big career change.
In the coming weeks he will be leaving his post as an accounts assistant for an Inverness firm and starting his training to join the police.
"I couldn’t juggle it all without her," he said.
"Gemma is better at all the organising so she is taking charge of the fundraising at the moment which is great – she is my chief fundraiser."
The duo have already managed to raise £1500 for Highland Hospice but Mr Ross hopes they will double that.
As well as playing Squares at work – a game where you can choose one of 50 squares for £5 and the winner keeps half of the money collected – the couple have also taken charity buckets with them on nights out.
Mr Ross claims they did particularly well in Gellions. Highland Painting and Decorating has also provided corporate sponsorship for Mr Ross to compete.
The couple have future plans to host a pub quiz in Dows Bar and Bistro in Balloan Park. It starts at 7pm on Saturday, October 7 and is open to all.
There will also be a chance to buy raffle tickets on the night. Prizes include a family day pass to a Ross County Football Club home game, a night stay and meal at the Dornoch Hotel and various bottles of whisky.
Mr Ross said: "My police training will take 11 weeks from the start of next week but I will be travelling home at the weekends and I practice a lot of my singing in the car anyway.
"I don’t think I am good enough to win the competition but I have been practising loads and I just hope I will have improved.
"I don’t want to let Gemma down and I have learnt a lot from my vocal coach Tony. I will be happy as long as I don’t make a mess of it on the night."
The charity is close to the hearts of Miss MacLennan and Mr Ross as their grandparents have received support from Highland Hospice.
"I would recommend Ness Factor to a friend and encourage anyone to put themselves out there and try it." Mr Ross said.
"Highland Hospice is an amazing cause and they help so many people."
He added: "It isn’t bad to get out of your comfort zone. I keep telling myself that it is just three or four minutes on stage and then it’ll all be over."
The final will take place on October 17 at the Drumossie Hotel.
The finalists will each perform their own song and a group song that they have been practising together.
To help Mr Ross reach his fundraising goal, visit nessfactor2017.everydayhero.com/uk/kyle-s-ness-factor-journey-2017