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The Voice hopeful Jamie Johnson, from Gillingham, breezes through blind audition of BBC show and joins Kylie Minogue's team

19 January 2014
by Joe Walker

Medway teenager Jamie Johnson wowed judges on The Voice last night – and bagged himself a place on Team Kylie.

The 19-year-old chose the Aussie star to be his mentor after she was bowled over by his performance of Neyo’s So Sick.

Sir Tom Jones and Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson also turned during the blind audition, but Jamie, from Gillingham, could not resist the Minogue magic.

Teenager Jamie Johnson, from Gillingham, on The Voice

Teenager Jamie Johnson, from Gillingham, on The Voice

Kylie, in her second show as a judge on the BBC singing contest, told Jamie: “I didn’t even know anybody else had turned around, I honestly didn’t, because I was focused on you.

“You’ve got a beautiful soulful, voice and you’ve got some pop tones coming through there, which is what moved me to spin, and I think we can have a lot of fun together.

"I think we can have a lot of fun together..." - Kylie Minogue to Jamie Johnson

Jamie, who gigs in pubs and clubs around Medway in a yellow mini, struggled to keep the smile off his face as he made it through.

But Welsh legend Sir Tom admitted he did not know if Jamie was male or female as he listened to him sing.

He said: “It was hard for me to tell if it was a girl or a boy up there, which is not a bad thing – it’s great.

“There’s nothing wrong with that – sometimes it’s just hard to visualise.

“I wanted to hear as much as possible, and I did, and I loved it.”

Aussie singer Kylie Minogue is a new judge on the BBC show

Aussie singer Kylie Minogue is one of the judges on the BBC's The Voice, the only judge not to turn, was less baffled about Jamie’s gender.

He joked: “I knew you weren’t a girl. You can blindfold me and lock me up, I know the difference.

“I didn’t turn around because Kylie Minogue turned around first and I’m like, that’d be a great little pair there.”

Ricky, who replaced the Script’s Danny O’Donoghue on the judging panel, added: “I didn’t think you were a bird.

“Don’t go with Tom, because he thinks you’re a bird. I can’t stop you from going with Kylie.

“It was amazing. You sang amazing.”

Singer Jamie Johnson performs in Fremlin Walk, Maidstone

Singer Jamie Johnson performs in Fremlin Walk, Maidstone

Jamie did eventually choose Kylie and will now sing in the next round of the contest.

He said: “I think with Kylie in the sense with the soul and the pop bits is what I really want to aim for. I think I’m going to go with Kylie.”

Jamie, who went to Brompton Academy and MidKent College, admitted on TV to being a mummy’s boy, and it showed as mum Sharla sobbed with joy as her son made it through.

She said: “I’m so, so proud of him. He knows how ever he would have done I would have been proud.”

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