Norwich musician Bradley Waterman has Boy George to thank for progress on TV’s The Voice

Bradley Waterman. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bradley Waterman. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A musician from Norwich is still in with a chance of winning BBC1 singing contest The Voice - despite being overlooked by his celebrity mentor.

Bradley Waterman, of Silver Road, Norwich, was performing on Saturday night's show having previously impressed celebrity judges, including Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson with his cover of Cee Lo Green's Forget You.

The former Sprowston Community High School pupil, who had Paloma as his mentor, went head to head with Rick Snowdon, another of her protégées, on the show.

The singers who were described by Paloma as 'my heartthrobs' battled it out by singing 'Something's Got A Hold On Me/I'm A Man by Etta James/Bo Diddley.

Ahead of the head-to head Paloma said Mr Waterman 'had the whole package' with 'so much gravel and grittiness in his voice'.

But despite the praise she heaped upon the Norfolk man, Paloma ultimately chose Mr Waterman's rival to take through with her to the next stage.

However, it was not the end of the road for Mr Waterman who was told by Will.I.Am he had an 'awesome, soulful voice'.

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And Culture Club singer Boy George was so impressed by the 19-year-old that he stole him for his team.

He said: 'You were great, you were great and you should've been on my team in the first place.'

He added: 'Bradley just sang great and I think he's got huge likeability. I think people ate going to love him.'

Mr Waterman will now be performing for Boy George's team as the second phase of knock out battles get underway next week.

As previously reported Mr Waterman, who has been dubbed the little Elvis, learned to play guitar at 15 and held his first performance a year later at a school leavers event.

The Voice airs on BBC1 on Saturday night at 7pm.

• Have you had success on a national TV talent show? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk.

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