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South Croydon mum through to next stage of The Voice

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THE mum of two from South Croydon who is quickly becoming Tom Jones' new Delilah has progressed to the next stage of The Voice.

Cherelle Basquine, 25, beat Welsh singer Elise Evans in the "battle" round of the BBC talent contest last weekend – despite still not being comfortable with the song choice.

Millions of viewers tuned in to see Cherelle impress the judges with her part in the performance of Pixie Lott's It's All About Tonight.

But it was the second time the West Croydon care worker has had to perform a song she does not like – having sang Cheryl Cole's Call My Name in the blind auditions.

However, with the first live show set to be on theme of ballads, Cherelle feels she will be in far more comfortable territory.

She said: "I am loving every minute of it. I preferred this to the Cheryl Cole song but it's still not something I'm really used to.

"I get to choose my song at the weekend so that is really going to help. I'd like to do something with a bit more soul."

Cherelle said believes being in the company of talented singers is improving her.

She added: "You listen to the other contestants in rehearsals and it is scary, they are absolutely amazing. But I still want to win and who knows?"

Her mentor is Welsh singer Tom Jones and Cherelle said she would not swap him for any of the other judges – Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue or will.i.am.

She said: "It's been amazing working with Tom Jones.

"Who else could you really hope for as a mentor but Tom Jones? He's a legend in the business."

Cherelle, who is juggling her day job with rehearsals for The Voice, is also getting to grips with her new-found fame in Croydon.

She said: "It's a bit embarrassing really.

"When I walk through the Whitgift Centre or Centrale, people are nudging their friends and saying 'look who it is'.

"But it's all been really positive attention, although maybe soon they'll be throwing rotten tomatoes at me."

The second series of The Voice will see the winner guaranteed a record deal with Universal.

Last year, Cassius Henry, from South Norwood, made it through to the final stages of the first series of the show.

South Croydon mum through to next stage of The Voice


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