Young singer is on for hat trick

Singer Charlie Botting with the trophy he won at the Great Bowden Recital Trust Junior X-Factor
Singer Charlie Botting with the trophy he won at the Great Bowden Recital Trust Junior X-Factor

A SCHOOLBOY singer is hoping to complete a hat trick of victories on Sunday by making the final of a national talent contest.

Charlie Botting, 12, of Broughton, will compete in the regional finals of Britain Does Variety at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, on Sunday.

The Bishop Stopford School pupil beat 15 other children to win Great Bowden Recital Trust Junior X-Factor last Saturday and he won his category in the regional final of Festival4Stars in Coventry the next day.

His mum Amanda said: “The feedback from one of the judges described his performance as ‘faultless’, that he was ‘born for the stage’ and ‘had a good classical recording voice’, which was just amazing.”

If Charlie makes it through the regional final at the Lighthouse on Sunday he will compete in the national final at the Watford Palace Theatre on Saturday, June 23.

The treble will be performing in front of Giles Cooper, executive producer of the Royal Variety Performance.

Mrs Botting said: “This is a very special competition to Charlie as they are a wonderful team of people.”

Singer Faryl Smith, 16, of Kettering, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, was one of the judges at Festival4Stars and presented Charlie with his certificate. He will compete in the regional final of the competition in Nottingham next month.

At the Great Bowden Recital Trust Junior X-Factor he received a trophy and £150 in music vouchers.

Charlie has already scooped top spots in the Kettering Eisteddfod, Oundle Music Festival and Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival this year.

He has been selected to represent England at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod for the second year running later this year.