09:51AM, Monday 13 May 2013
A soul singer educated in Windsor has won through to the next stage of smash-hit television reality show The Voice.
Jamie Bruce squeezed into the knock-out stage of the BBC show on Saturday despite three of the mentors wanting to boot him out of the blind auditions.
The 34-year-old was saved by mentor Sir Tom Jones who chose him over LB Robinson for his performance in When Love Came to Town from the collaboration between U2 and BB King.
The 6ft 5 inch tall singer said: "The battle was immense and the song was more catered to my voice as we are two very different voices.
"To win my battle is phenomenal as it could have gone either way and it was very difficult as we had to find a balance and did not want to stitch each other up."
But Jamie, who was brought up in Winkfield Road, Winkfield, where his family still live, said he thought his dream was over.
He said: "When all the three coaches voted for LB it threw me and I thought it was all over for me.
"But Sir Tom said I had it from the start and wanted me and said I was still strong so he chose me over LB."
The former pupil at the now closed Haileybury Junior School in Imperial Road said it was an 'amazing night'.
He said: "I was incredibly proud and the reaction I got was strong and the crowd were chanting for me as Sir Tom was making his mind up.
"It was very emotional and I am over the moon."
The Henley-on-Thames resident said he is 'excited' for the knock-out stage where he will compete against seven others for a place in the live stage.
But he said he is still carpet fitting and working the door at a club in the evening in between his performance on The Voice.
He added: "And no-one is recognising me in the street, which is particularly annoying me, but maybe they will in the future."
The Voice will air again on BBC One on Saturday night from 8.05-9.25pm.
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