Garwood turns heads

LAUNCESTON'S Matthew Garwood has made it through to the next round of reality singing show  The Voice .

Launceston's Matthew Garwood on stage during The Voice.

Launceston's Matthew Garwood on stage during The Voice.

The tattooed 24-year-old, who is well known in the state's theatre scene, made it through the blind auditions last night, after making Ricky Martin turn his chair with a rendition of The Phantom of the Opera's  All I Ask of You .

The song was one that Garwood performed many times in Launceston's Princess Theatre in March when he played Raoul in Encore Theatre Company's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic.

While Martin was the only coach to turn his chair, Garwood still got the other three coaches, Black Eyed Peas star, Kylie Minogue and Joel Madden, onto their feet.

The coaches, who pick who goes through to the next round based purely on the contestant's voice, were shocked to see that Garwood was covered in tattoos.

``I'm amazed at what I turned around and saw,'' Madden said. added: ``someone is messing with us. Somebody else was singing and you just came and took their place, huh?''

Martin said Garwood was exactly what he needed to fill the last spot in his team.

``I have spent hours in that chair, actually days, waiting for you,'' he said.

``Waiting for your sound, waiting for your tone and waiting for your approach and I'm really happy.''

The judges were so shocked with Garwood's tattoos that they forgot to even ask his name or where he was from, so Martin had to follow him out of the auditorium. Garwood will now compete in the battle round of the show.


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