Stylist wins over The Voice judges

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An elated Kenilworth hairdresser is dreaming big after instantly wowing the celebrity judges on television talent contest The Voice.

Clark Carmody appeared on the BBC1 show stage on Saturday when viewers tuned in to see him win the judges over with his vocal skills.

The 27-year-old stylist, who lives with his girlfriend Nicola and their daughter Primrose described the reaction as “unbelievable and unexpected” after being praised by singers Rita Ora and Tom Jones.

“It was such a shock to be chosen,” he said. “I had my eyes closed for most of the song so didn’t even notice.

“It was a shock to have a choice, but as soon as I realised Rita had turned around I knew I had to go with her.”

The talent competition sees contestants singing for the judges, who then battle it out to mentor their favourites through the competition.

And singer Rita Ora has bagged Clark to take under her wing after being immediately impressed by his performance.

He is now through the first round of the show, with three more stages to come before live finals later in the year.

He works in Room 27, Warwick Road, and said it was all down to a friend sending in a video to producers that he was chosen to give it a go.

And that it was only becoming a father and the thought of missed opportunities that led him to give it a go.

“It was all such a shock that I was chosen at all,” he said.

“I started playing guitar when I was around 17 but it was only in the last few years that my voice has really developed and looking back I missed out on a lot of opportunities.”

The Kidderminster-born singer was chosen by Rita Ora in the first minute of his rendition of “I’m Not the Only One”.

After being describing as “the whole package” by the singers, Rita went out to meet his excited family and friends who were waiting backstage.

Clark was praised by all four judges on the night, with sir Tom Jones congratulating him on his passion on stage.

Although filming took place well in advance of Saturday’s show, Clark was sworn to secrecy and was unable to tell friends or colleagues about his success until this week.

But since letting the secret out, he said he has been “overwhelmed” with support and cannot thank the people behind him enough,

“I am just dumbfounded,” he said. “People have been so supportive, it is so unexpected but really humbling to know how many people I have behind me, I really am grateful.”

Viewers will have to wait until next month to see him take on more challenges in the next stage of the competition.