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Sir Tom steps in to keep Karl Loxley's dream alive

Solihull Editorial 5th Mar, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

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.

Tensions were running high on Saturday (February 28) night’s episode of the hit BBC One show when the Balsall Common resident’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 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.

Having had to keep it all a secret from his friends and family, Karl described the rewatching his Battle Round experience as ‘crazy’.

He added: “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.”

The part-time supermarket worker and Stratford busker has looked up to the Welsh singer since a young boy, and is now hoping he can impress Sir Tom and make through the next nerve-wracking knock-out stage of the competition.

Karl can also be seen live onstage at the Belgrade Theatre on Friday, March 6 in the local rotary club’s show – The Sounds of the 60s 70s & 80s Soul & Jazz Night.

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