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Belfast Voice singer David Jackson wows judges with awesome Kodaline cover

By Staff Reporter

A former indie band member has told of his pride after "a big guy from Belfast" wowed the judges on The Voice.

Overwhelmed by his achievement, David Jackson yesterday took to Twitter to thank those who had supported him.

"I'm struggling to say something clever ... so I won't! Here is the video of my performance last night!" he wrote, adding a link to the clip of him singing Kodaline's All I Want.

David - whose performance left his mum Maureen in tears - was swamped by wellwishers on social media last night as he took in the news. Erin wrote on Twitter: "Your performance last night was amazing! Only watching back now! Nice to see some home grown talent smash it! Wow! Good luck!"

Stacey McNee added: "Wow! The boy from Belfast singing on The Voice has just brought tears to my eyes! Absolutely beautiful performance."

On Saturday night the 29-year-old from Belfast won the approval of three judges and eventually decided to opt for Jennifer Hudson's team.

"I know Northern Irish people are always very supportive when they see one of their own on a reality show," he said. "I know I get very excited when someone from home is on a show - like when Andrew (Smyth) was on The Great British Bake Off, I really wanted him to win."

David decided to enter The Voice rather than other shows as he will be purely judged on his vocals rather than his appearance.

"I've been in a band, Runaway Go, since I was in school," he said. "We have gigged playing to no-one but the bar staff before we went on to support Bastille at the Ulster Hall.

"My bandmate Fiona is beautiful and there is an expectation that singers look a certain way. I do get pre-judged. They use the word 'actually' a lot to imply that they are surpised I could do it, they say 'Oh you were actually very good'.

"The Voice means there are no pre-judgments. The Voice has massive credibility. You need to be able to sing really well to get the judges to turn around and luckily I was able to convince three of them. I'm a big guy from Belfast, I would rather they just listen to me singing."

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