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The Voice Kids 2018: Elm Park 13-year-old chooses Team Danny after singing in blind audition

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 18 July 2018

Charlie Dillon from Elm Park sang Don't be so Hard on Yourself in the battle rounds of The Voice Kids 2018 competition. Picture: Rachel Joseph

Charlie Dillon from Elm Park sang Don't be so Hard on Yourself in the battle rounds of The Voice Kids 2018 competition. Picture: Rachel Joseph

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A 13-year-old from Elm Park sang his heart out in the third episode of a blind singing audition and secured himself a place in the battle round.

Charlie Dillon from Windermere Avenue sang before world famous artists, will.i.am, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones in yesterday’s (Monday, July 16) episode of The Voice Kids 2018 at 8pm.

“I want to be the next Bruno Mars or Justin Bieber,” Charlie said before going on stage.

“I have this stammer but it doesn’t affect my singing.

“I’m just really excited for it, I can’t wait.”

Children between the age of seven and 14 perform in a blind audition where they only have a couple minutes to impress the judges enough for them to press their buzzer and turn their chair around to face the contestant.

Charlie brought his enthusiasm with him onto the stage as he soon had whole crowd clapping along with his lively performance of Justin Bieber’s Baby.

Charlie Dillon from Elm Park sang Don't be so Hard on Yourself in the battle rounds of The Voice Kids 2018 competition.   Picture: Rachel JosephCharlie Dillon from Elm Park sang Don't be so Hard on Yourself in the battle rounds of The Voice Kids 2018 competition. Picture: Rachel Joseph

Coaches, will.i.am and Danny Jones both pressed their buzzers during his performance which left it up to Charlie to make the big decision about who he wanted to be mentored by throughout the show.

The young pupil from Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College chose Danny Jones, band member from McFly.

Charlie’s mum explained that her son is no stranger to being on a big stage, as he previously played the role of an orphan in the West End musical, Les Miserables when he was eight-years-old.

However, the pressure led him to develop a stutter.

After the episode aired the family received an invitation from The Gareth Gates Stammer School, which tries to help young people overcome their stammer.

Mum, Mandy Dillon told the Recorder: “After [Les Miserables] Charlie couldn’t perform do musicals because of the pressure of talking on stage.

Charlie Dillon from Elm Park performs in The Voice Kids 2018 competition.

 Picture: Rachel JosephCharlie Dillon from Elm Park performs in The Voice Kids 2018 competition. Picture: Rachel Joseph

“Then he got into a band which he was in for about two or three years.”

It can be a nerve wracking experience for parents standing back stage and Mandy said that she had never seen Charlie so nervous.

“I couldn’t remember any of it afterwards - it was a total blur,” she said.

“You’re just standing there, praying that they will turn.

“After, the relief is just ridiculous. We were just so happy and it’s so emotional.”

The battle stages of The Voice Kids will be showing on ITV, Thursday, July 19 from 8pm - 9.30pm.

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