Rocker Rick Snowdon is through to the next round of The Voice after winning the backing of his mentor on the hit show.
The 29-year-old from Hartlepool went up against fellow competitor Bradley Waterman in the Battles round of series five of The Voice, which saw duets performed between two members of the each of the four judges teams’.
The pair sung a medley of Etta James’s Something’s Got a Hold of Me and Bo Diddley’s I am a Man in a “smouldering stand-off”, with his tutor Paloma Faith picking him from the pair.
She said: “It’s totally blew me away. I’m so proud of both of you.
“It’s very hard and no reflection, you were fantastic both of you, but I’ve decided I’m going to take Rick.”
Fellow judge Will.i.am called Rick’s style “iconic” while Boy George noted the mix of songs suited Rick’s style.
It’s totally blew me away. I’m so proud of both of you.Paloma Faith
Rick told the audience the win was “awesome” with hit competitor Bradley then joining him after Ricky Wilson took the chance to save him through the ‘steal’ section of the round, which gives the second place singer the chance of a reprieve.
Paloma told viewers in the run up to their performance that she had found Rick’s blind audition “phenomenal” adding: “I don’t think there’s anything in the market quite like him right now.”
Singer-songwriter Rick, who is from the Foggy Furze area, was picked to join Team Paloma after she said she wanted to sing alongside him following his performance of Nina Simone’s I Put a Spell on Your in the auditions round.
Boy George and Ricky Wilson had vied for him to join them, but it was superstar Faith who added him to her group to mentor through the BBC1 prime time series.
He was one of 120,000 contestants who made a bid to feature in the talent show, which is fronted by Emma Willis and Marvin Humes.
Rick discovered his love of music as he battled his addiction with food, spending years locked away in his bedroom as he suffered a lack of confidence because of his weight.
He learned to play guitar during a four-year stretch, using his father’s Led Zepplin, Queen and David Bowie as he discovered how to play tunes.
He has since slimmed down through a tough exercise and diet, shedding more than half his body weight.