‘No nerves’ Caillin from Co Tyrone impresses The Voice Kids judges
A 10-year-old boy from Co Tyrone has made it to the next round of The Voice Kids after he wowed the judges on Saturday night.
Caillin Joe, from rural Creggan outside Omagh, brought his Celtic country music style to the blind auditions with a lively rendition of The Wild Rover - and managed to win over pop princess Pixie Lott in the process.
Dancing across the stage as he belted out the folk classic popularised by The Dubliners and The Pogues, Caillin brought all the confidence and charisma needed to go far in the ITV singing competition.
Speaking after his performance, he said: "I picked The Wild Rover to sing because it's one of my favourites. Since my life is country, I thought it would be great to get braces, shirt and a wee peaked cap to wear while singing it."
Caillin has been singing since the age of six, with performances on BBC presenter Hugo Duncan's Radio Ulster Roadshow and with country singer Paul Kelly, so he wasn't intimidated when taking to the stage on The Voice Kids.
He revealed: "I was full of excitement more than being filled with nerves. I had no nerves at all."
While fellow coaches will.i.am, McFly's Danny Jones and Jessie J danced along, Pixie waited until the last second to turn her chair and offer the young star a spot on her nine-strong team for the Battles Round.
"I really wanted Pixie to turn and then it actually happened," Caillin said.
"I really enjoyed that. I wanted her to turn because I think she can really help me out with my country music."
Caillan added that Pixie's track record, with winning the show twice before, was an added bonus when she eventually turned.
Mum Ciara later told of her joy and pride following Caillan's big moment. "We are absolutely over the moon with him," the delighted mum said.
"He has achieved so much. I don't even know which words I could actually use to describe the excitement of this and the journey that he is having in his life. It is unreal at just 10 years of age."