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Rutland singer Pheobie Key-Warburton from Cottesmore narrowly misses out on final of The Voice Kids UK

A talented singer has narrowly missed out on reaching the final of a national TV talent show.

Pheobie Key-Warburton from Cottesmore, wowed singer Pixie Lott, rapper Will.i.am, Danny Jones of McFly and her own coach Jessie J during the semi-finals of ITV’s The Voice Kids on Saturday.

However, the 13-year-old Catmose College pupil, who sang Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours, lost out to fellow contestants Keira and Amaree after Jessie J had to pick one of the three.

Pheobie Key-Warburton performs in the semi-final of The Voice Kids. Photo: ITV Plc
Pheobie Key-Warburton performs in the semi-final of The Voice Kids. Photo: ITV Plc

Pheobie said: “It’s been absolutely incredible. The whole team has just been phenomenal.

“They are so welcoming and supportive - it was like one big family.

“The best thing about being on the show was that I’ve made so many new friends and have experienced the journey with new people and new friends.

“To share a stage and sing with the others in the competition was just incredible.

“When I look back, I’m so happy to have had that experience and that opportunity to share my voice with everyone on TV. I was more happy than upset really.”

After her performance, she received a standing ovation from the famous singing coaches on the show.

Pixie Lott described the song as “beautiful”, while Danny said she had “a really pure voice”.

Pheobie’s coach, Jessie J, said she chose True Colours for Pheobie to perform because it was the perfect song for her emotions.

Before the performance, Jessie J told audience: “Pheobie needs to understand she has as much of a chance in this competition as anyone else.”

And Pheobie echoed it, saying: “I’m trying really hard to believe in myself .”

On being coached by Jessie J and getting the chance to work with famous singers, Pheobie, said: “It was amazing. You see them on TV and they’ve got millions of fans, number one singles and albums and they are there, right in front of you.

“To be coached by someone like Jessie J is just incredible.

“She gave me such good advice which really helped during the show and will help me for the future.

“I didn’t speak that much to the other coaches but when I did, they gave great advice. “

“I would like to thank everybody who has given me support because it really helped.

“Everyone has been so caring and sympathetic towards me.”

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