Contest aims to showcase talent

Charlie Botting, 12, won Kettering's got the K-Factor
Charlie Botting, 12, won Kettering's got the K-Factor

A schoolboy singer stunned judges and received a standing ovation with a faultless performance to win this year’s K Factor talent contest.

Treble Charlie Botting, 12, won the talent contest for pupils from Kettering at the town’s Lighthouse Theatre on July 18.

Judge Johnny Rush, 62, of Weekly Glebe Road, Kettering, said: “I thought he was brilliant. Everyone did.

“He got a standing ovation. He stood there and he was absolutely perfect.

“We couldn’t fault him at all.”

The Bishop Stopford pupil performed Pie Jesu, a requiem by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

He beat acts, including dance groups and other singers, from across the borough on the stage of the packed theatre.

Charlie, of Donaldson Avenue, Broughton, said: “It was really amazing because there was so much talent there.”

Most performers achieved a place by winning talent contests in their individual schools.

But K Factor founder PCSO Angie Steele invited Charlie to compete after he performed regularly for residents of Sunley Court sheltered housing complex in Pipers Hill Road.

The prize was £500, half of which Charlie plans to split between Bishop Stopford and the choir he is part of, Masquerade.

The Year 8 pupil hopes to spend the other £250 on a new laptop or tablet computer to help him prepare for his GCSEs.

Charlie chose Pie Jesu because he felt it would be a ‘showstopper’ that showed off the vocal abillities that have also seen him compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod for England.

He narrowly missed making it through to the final but received positive comments on his adjudication.

He has already won Great Bowden Recital Trust Junior X-Factor, his category in the regional final of Festival4Stars and had top spots in the Kettering Eisteddfod, Oundle Music Festival and Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival this year.

Mum Amanda said: “We are running out of room on the mantlepiece.”

In the run up to big competitions Charlie practises for up to an hour five days a week.

He has applied to enter talent contest Diamond Kids and plans to audition for Wicksteed’s Got Talent and Northamptonshire’s Got Talent.