Wembley teenager from The Voice to sing at Glastonbury

Vikesh Champaneri made it through as a semi finalist to the BBC 1's The Voice UK

Vikesh Champaneri made it through as a semi finalist to the BBC 1's The Voice UK - Credit: Archant

A Wembley contestant who missed out on the BBC’s The Voice UK final will face his biggest live crowd in Glastonbury singing with Lily Allen’s father.

Vikesh Champaneri, of Linden Avenue, made it to the semi-final of BBC 1’s singing talent competition on Saturday but didn’t make the final as the public could only vote for four of the eight contestants to battle it out this weekend.

The 19-year-old said: “It was a bittersweet experience because everyone wants to be in the final and everyone wants to win the show but only one person can do that. The four who have made it through are amazing.”

He added competition on the show was fierce: “There is some relief because there was no more tension between anyone anymore. We are good friends but we were competing against each other.

Mr Champaneri, a former pupil of Wembley Primary and Preston Manor School, will now get ready to sing with Keith Allen at the Glastonbury festival in June.


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“He contacted the Voice. I didn’t know who he was at first but when they said Lily Allen’s dad I got it.

“I’m scared; I’m actually physically scared, scared stiff. It’s going to be my biggest audience yet. It’s going to be amazing.”

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Coached by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas on the Voice, Mr Champaneri also got met rapper Usher which he said was phenomenal.

“The stand out thing for me was going to see Usher in concert and getting to meet him, speak to him and sing to him. I never thought I’d meet Usher, I always wanted to. I think someone in my thoughts was listening to my thoughts.”

Mr Champaneri, who works for a chauffeur company booking cars for celebrity clients in Park Royal, said he had an amazing time on the show.

“I’ve made so many friends. I never thought I’d make the semi-final of a national TV show but I did and I’m happy voted for me and kept me in the show until then. I’m happy to have got as far as I did.”

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