'I've always wanted to be a singer' - Irish singer Devon (12) wows the judges on The Voice Kids UK
An Irish 12-year-old boy has spoken of his delight at making it past the first round of blind auditions on The Voice Kids UK.
Devon Browne, from Donaghmeade in Dublin, was the undisputed star of Saturday night's show, melting the hearts of the judges and viewers - so much so that Pixie Lott turned around just moments into his performance of One Direction's Story of My Lilfe.
Upon seeing him, Lott yelled: "I think I've just fallen in love!"
"I love your voice," she added. "It's so innocent and angelic and pure. Imagine when he's older how his voice will develop."
Fellow judge will.i.am said he was also dazzled by Devon's potential, saying: "I was sitting here in disbelief!"
But one person who wasn't sitting in disbelief was his mother Kim Waldron, who was cheering him on from the side of the stage with his family and a visibly emotional host Emma Willis.
"She [Emma] was lovely, she was calming everybody down," Kim told independent.ie.
"We were standing at the side of the stage, my nerves were gone and I didn’t want him to be disappointed if nobody turned around." But the family had faith and it paid off.
"He's been singing since he's been talking," Kim said.
"We have videos of him literally when he was only three or four years old singing. Nowadays, he's singing the likes of Ed Sheeran; he plays the guitar as well, he's really into his music."
Devon, who will be a first year in secondary school in September, said he's grown up wanting to be a singer but it wasn't until a recent holiday to Spain where he was doing karaoke that the idea to enter The Voice Kids came about.
"I was over in Spain and one of the people doing karaoke said to my dad I should enter a talent show," he explained.
And soon he was off to Belfast to audition for the judges of the BBC programme.
Despite the fact he was performing for millions at home, Devon said his confidence began to grow throughout his performance.
"I was nervous at the start but as I started singing, I started to calm down," adding that Pixie Lott's enthusiasm for him mid-song helped boost his confidence, "I smiled straight away."
Much like its grown-up version, next up is the battle round where Devon will face off against another singer in Lott's category and 12 contestants will be whittled down to six.
It's a busy time in Devon's house as his mother recently gave birth to baby Bella (six months).
You can watch Devon's full performance, here:
The Voice UK Kids airs on TV3 Saturday nights at 7:45pm