From Bowen to big time


Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - KATHY MCCABE

FOR­MER Bowen singer Ju­dah Kelly’s en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity on The Voice in 2017 has fi­nally been matched with his first No. 1 on the charts.

The 20- year- old winner of The Voice Aus­tralia was cheated out of a chart- top­ping de­but on iTunes for his sin­gle Count on Me by su­per­star guest Niall Ho­ran.

The for­mer One Di­rec­tion mem­ber main­tained his claim on the sum­mit with his sec­ond solo of­fer- ing, Slow Hands, over the week­end af­ter de­pos­ing Jessica Mauboy on Fri­day morn­ing.

But fans ral­lied be­hind Kelly yes­ter­day, re­sult­ing in Count on Me swap­ping places with Slow Hands.

Kelly’s epic ver­sion of Leonard Co­hen’s iconic Hal­lelu­jah has also main­tained its pres­ence in the Top 5.

This year’s Voice run­ner- up Hoseah Partsch is also en­joy­ing a grand fi­nal boost for his de­but sin­gle Pa­per Planes which rose to No. 3.

Kelly was con­fi­dent he would reach the top of the iTunes charts de­spite doubt­ing his prospects of win­ning The Voice al­most all the way through the com­pe­ti­tion.

“A No. 1 de­but would have been nice; we’ll keep work­ing on it though,” he said just min­utes be­fore the song hit the top.

De­spite fear­ing he would never make it past the blind au­di­tions, the pu­rity of Kelly’s voice kept him in.

He tack­led one tough song af­ter an­other and struck a re­sound­ing chord with the Voice au­di­ence, which saw all of the songs he per­formed dur­ing the live shows and fi- nals, in­clud­ing Prince’s Pur­ple Rain and Climb Ev­ery Moun­tain, reach the top 50.

Kelly ( pic­tured) will spend the week fin­ish­ing off songs for his de­but al­bum which is ex­pected to be re­leased on July 28.

He said he hadn’t met with his new bosses at Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic who have the op­tion to re­lease The Voice winner and any other artists they be­lieve have hit po­ten­tial.

The young artist said he be­lieved the record la­bel had an 18- month plan to launch his ca­reer.

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