Si catches the judges' eyes on The Voice

By Matthew Mckew

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 

Si catches the judges' eyes on The Voice

AN ENTERTAINER who started his career busking on the streets of the Isle of Wight has been enjoying new found fame after a headline-grabbing performance on The Voice.

Former Cowes High School student Si Genaro, appeared on BBC One’s hit show The Voice, singing Men at Work's Down Under, in a bid to win the heart of judge Kylie Minogue.

But the 42-year-old former East Cowes resident, whose family still live on the Isle of Wight, failed to win over the Australian singer, or fellow judges Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Kaiser Chief's frontman Ricky Wilson.

Si began his music career on busking in Ryde and Cowes.

"Busking on the High Street in Ryde really toughened me up. It gave me the confidence to play in front of an audience," he said.

Si, formerly known as Simon Moor, grew up on the Isle of Wight before moving to the New Forest. He performs regularly around the south.

Si's brother, Philip Moor, of East Cowes, said it was a surreal experience seeing his brother on the television.

He said: "Obviously we knew he hadn't got through, so we didn't know how much they would show. I was very proud of him and hopefully it will help his career."

Si was given a second chance to impress the judges and performed one of his own songs, the Chicken Train.

His performance included beatboxing, harmonica and plenty of dancing around and has attracted over 59,000 hits on YouTube and attention from the national media.

Philip said: "That's just Si really, it was hilarious. He has always been full of energy and good at improvising."

Si continues to perform out in the open and took to the streets on Monday, performing outside Buckingham Palace.

He said: "Quite a few people noticed me and I had my picture taken a lot. I am now working on a studio version of Chicken Train, which should be out in the next few days."

See his performance of Chicken Train below:

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