A LOCAL lad will hope to win over the judges when he appears on this weekend’s episode of hit BBC One programme, The Voice.
Karl Loxley, from Balsall Common, is hoping his rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ will attract the attention of industry heavy-weights Rita Ora, Will.I.Am, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones.
Others may have shyed away from an opera classic made popular by the late, great Pavarotti, but trained classical vocalist Karl knew that if he wanted to impress people, he would have to take the song and ‘nail it.’
While recording at a studio in Birmingham, a scout from the hit BBC One show called the owners in search of potential applicants who had something ‘a little bit different’.
Karl’s name was mentioned, and the rest is history.
Having studied Musical Theatre at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting, 24-year-old Karl is no stranger to performing – narrowly missing out on roles in hit West End shows including The Phantom of the Opera.
Not one to be disheartened, the part-time Co-Op worker returned to live at home and has since become a celebrity of the Stratford-Upon-Avon busking scene – attracting a crowd of more than 200 people on his first performance.
Speaking about entering the competition, Karl said that his performing background did not mean the nerves evaporated.
He added: “I have been to loads of auditions before, but they have never been televised so that’s nerve-wracking, but a couple of my ‘fans’ from my busking told me to go for it.
“I’m really nervous to see what I look like on television.
“When you see it at home, each contestant is squeezed into a five minute slot, but for me the blind audition process took weeks – thinking about what I was going to sing, what I was going to wear, and everything else.”
To see if Karl makes it through to the next round of the competition, tune in to BBC One on Saturday night at 7.15pm or, for the chance to see him performing live, get down to The Belgrade on Friday, March 6 to see the Coventry Rotary Club’s Sounds of the 60s,70s and 80s Soul & Jazz Night.
* Karl will be hoping to join Coventry’s Letitia George in the live shows of The Voice. Letitia was snapped up by Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson for his team.