BALSALL Common opera star Karl Loxley is celebrating after coming one step closer to acheiving his dream of stardom.
Karl wowed the judges and audiences of the hit BBC One programme The Voice with his rendition of the iconic ‘Nessun Dorma’, which aired on Valentines Day.
As the classically trained singer came to the end of his emotional performance, it looked like none of the judges were going to turn their chairs around – signalling their interest in becoming his mentor for the competition.
But, just in time, the 24-year-old part-time supermarket worker caught the eye of industry mogul Will.I.Am, who became the only judge to turn his chair.
Explaining his interest in Karl, the former Black Eyed Peas singer said: “The hardest style of singing is opera, so if you can take an okay singer and make them sing pop song, then you can definitely get an opera singer to sing pop.
“You’re an awesome singer and I’m honoured to have someone of your skill and calibre on my team.”
Karl will now progress to the ‘Battle Round’ of the competition, joining Coventry’s Letitia George – who was snapped up by Kaiser Chiefs frontman, Ricky Wilson, in the first episode of the series.
Will.I.Am was the only judge to turn around for Karl and his rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’. s (C) Wall to Wall, Guy Levy
Will.I.Am welcomed Karl onto his mentor team. s (C) Wall to Wall, Guy Levy