Wembley teenager makes the semi-finals of BBC1’s The Voice UK

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 teenage singer from Wembley has made it to the semi-finals of a reality television talent competition.

Vikesh Champaneri, of Linden Avenue, will face a public vote on the BBC 1’s The Voice UK this Saturday evening as he belts out tunes he hopes will get him Describing his success so far as ‘an amazing, mindblowing feeling’, the 19-year-old told the Times: “I never thought I would get this far. I kind of think I should have done better in the quarter final but the public had faith in me and brought me to the semi final.”

Mr Champaneri, who is on Team Will, led by will.i.am, of the Black Eyed Peas, continued: “I’m with three brilliant singers and will.i.am is just a brilliant man, I couldn’t have asked for a better coach.

“I’ve made some last friendships as well and I hope I can make something really big of myself in The Voice.”

All the contestants live in separate apartments, in a secret location, which has forced him to stand on his own two feet.

“I’ve never lived by myself so having to do my own washing and my own laundry and wash my own dishes is a far cry from being at home but I love it,” he said.

“I love that I can stand on my own two feet and be really independent.”

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Mr Champaneri, a former pupil at Wembley Primary School and Preston Manor pupil, first started singing at the age of seven when he delivered a solo at his grandmother’s memorial service in his mother tongue of Gujurati, from northern India.

In the past he applied to the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent but never got past the preliminary auditions.

Talking of why he applied for The Voice, he said: “I looked at all the singers and thought they’re really good, I want to try that, I entered the blind auditions and I’m here today.”

“I can’t wait for Saturday, I really can’t. It’s going to mind blowing; the performances are going to be awesome. I’m past being nervous, I’m excited, I’m buzzing.”

Mr Champeneri needs your votes to get through to the final.

If he gets through there will be a welcome home celebration on Monday.

The Voice UK’s live semi final airs on Saturday at 7pm.

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