Leeds schoolboy Cole Lawton-Challenger, who appeared on ITV’s The Voice Kids on Saturday and was chosen by rapper and music producer judge Will.i.am at the very last moment, will appear on our screens again this weekend.
The 14-year-old Roundhay High pupil will take part in the show’s ‘Battles’ round on Saturday.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Cole, who began singing just over a year ago after mum, Vanessa, bought him an amp for his birthday, said: “I went there not expecting anything. Will turned on my very last note. As I was singing, I thought ‘I’ve not got through, I’ll just carry on myself’ but when he turned, it was amazing.
“It was great chatting to Will, he’s someone I respect in terms of what he’s done with his career. It’s inspiring for any young musician.”
Cole, who busks regularly in Leeds City Centre, began his singing career at Footloose Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts, Roundhay, where he trained for a few years.
Will turned on my very last note. As I was singing, I thought ‘I’ve not got through, I’ll just carry on myself’ but when he turned, it was amazing.Cole ‘LT’ Lawton-Challenger, from Leeds, who is appearing on The Voice Kids
When he appeared on the ITV show he was supported by older sister Romany, mother Vanessa and family friends Jo Rothwell and Cleve Freckleton.
Cole added: “I was a bit nervous when I first started out, mostly about how people might view it but everyone has been really supportive.”
Vanessa, who sings in the Voices of the Day Choir run by Mr Freckleton, who has worked with Corinne Bailey Rae, said: “It was March 2016 when we bought him an amp and he started singing properly and getting himself out there. We’re all so proud of him.”
Find out how Cole does on Saturday July 8, ITV1, 8pm.