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Suffolk choir boy hitting the right notes on ITV talent show The Voice Kids

PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 July 2020

James performed an impromptu duet of The Snowman�s �Walking in the Air� with Paloma Faith on Saturday night. Picture: RACHEL JOSEPH/ITV PRESS CENTRE/THE VOICE KIDS

James performed an impromptu duet of The Snowman�s �Walking in the Air� with Paloma Faith on Saturday night. Picture: RACHEL JOSEPH/ITV PRESS CENTRE/THE VOICE KIDS

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A Suffolk choir boy is proving to be a hit on the ITV show The Voice Kids after being chosen by singer songwriter Paloma Faith to go through to the next round of the show.

James Hodgkinson from Woolverstone near Ipswich, was picked from 10,000 hopefuls to take part in ITV's The Voice Kids. Picture: CHRIS HODGKINSONJames Hodgkinson from Woolverstone near Ipswich, was picked from 10,000 hopefuls to take part in ITV's The Voice Kids. Picture: CHRIS HODGKINSON

James Hodgkinson, 13, from Woolverstone, near Ipswich, was picked from 10,000 hopefuls to take part in the television show almost a year ago and has negotiated his way throught the auditions.

He performed an impromptu duet of The Snowman’s ‘Walking in the Air’ with Paloma Faith on Saturday night after she was impressed with his singing skills and has a chance of scooping the £30,000 prize money plus a dream holiday to Disneyland Paris.

James has been attending St Edmunds School in Canterbury for his scholarship as a chorister and will be returning to Suffolk to attend St Joseph’s College in Ipswich from September.

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James from Woolverstone is proving to be a hit onThe Voice Kids - after being chosen by singer songwriter Paloma Faith to go through to the next round. Picture: RACHEL JOSEPH/ITV PRESS CENTRE/THE VOICE KIDSJames from Woolverstone is proving to be a hit onThe Voice Kids - after being chosen by singer songwriter Paloma Faith to go through to the next round. Picture: RACHEL JOSEPH/ITV PRESS CENTRE/THE VOICE KIDS

He has been a member of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir since he was eight performing six days a week including a performance at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

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In October 2016, James flew out to Rome to sing for the Pope and in 2018 embarked on a two-week tour of America performing in Los Angeles and New Jersey.

The Voice Kids, hosted by presenter Emma Willis, is the junior version of “The Voice” in which children aged seven to 14 take to the stage to perform in front of a crowd of thousands.

James has been attending St Edmunds School in Canterbury for his scholarship as a chorister. Picture: CHRIS HODGKINSONJames has been attending St Edmunds School in Canterbury for his scholarship as a chorister. Picture: CHRIS HODGKINSON

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Speaking of his success on the show, James said: “I’m really excited about my appearance on television. I loved singing in front of that big audience and the famous celebrities.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to show people all over the country what I can do. It was great when the audience all stood up at the end. I didn’t know I’d have to sing Walking In The Air but that was very special.

“I hope that all this helps me to become a professional singer and I would love to record some stuff whilst I still have a treble voice.”

James has been a member of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir since he was eight and in 2016 performed for the Pope in Rome. Picture: CHRIS HODGKINSONJames has been a member of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir since he was eight and in 2016 performed for the Pope in Rome. Picture: CHRIS HODGKINSON

James’ father, Chris Hodgkinson, said: “As parents we are immensely proud of what he has achieved so far. He has always loved singing and performing and we wait to see where all this might take him in the future.”

To view the clip on ITV’s The Voice Kids, click here.


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