JUST when it looked like Karl Loxley’s dreams of fame on The Voice were over, music legend Sir Tom Jones stepped in to offer him a lifeline.
The regular Stratford busker’s mentor, Will.I.Am, chose to take his opera singer opponent, Lucy O’Byrne, through to the next stage of the competiton.
But the 24-year-old part-time supermarket was given a second chance when Sir Tom Jones used one of his ‘steal’ options to take Karl through to the next round on his team.
Karl, who lives in Balsall Common, said: “I thought my Battle performance showed me off better than my blind audition – it was theatrical and showed off a different side to my voice.
“Lucy and I spoke in rehearsals and decided that rather than try and out-sing each other, like other Battle pairs seem to do, we just wanted to work together and perform the song to the best of our abilities.
“While we are obviously in a competition, we both knew that this performance will be around a lot longer than the series – on youtube and online – and, as both of us want a career in musical theatre, we thought working as a team was the best way forward.”
Karl can also be seen live onstage at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry tonight (Friday) in the local rotary club’s show – The Sounds of the 60s 70s & 80s Soul & Jazz Night.