A BOURNEMOUTH musician stole the show and ruffled some feathers when he took to the stage for The Voice UK with his self-penned number, Chicken Train.
Self-confessed acoustic beat-boxing folk punk reggae artist, Si Genaro, became an overnight internet sensation after his bizarre performance at the blind auditions for the popular TV show.
The comedian and singer had judges Kylie Minogue and Will.i.am dancing in their seats but unfortunately he was not buzzed and chosen to go through to the next round.
Chicken Train, along with Si’s name, soon began trending on Twitter, winning both internet love and derision from some who did not take to the “badger chaser’s” novelty act.
He said: “It has been absolutely bonkers and I can’t believe how much love was shown for the song. I was almost 100 per cent sure I would not be chosen but I decided that I would try to make good TV instead.”
The 42-year-old first took to the stage with his version of Men At Work’s hit Down Under, but when he failed to get any chairs to spin he tried to win the judges over with his own composition.
Kylie said: “I love that song. You nearly had me at vegemite sandwich. I enjoyed it but the beat-boxing seemed like a waste of your valuable song.”
The entertainer is now releasing the Chicken Train video today on Bandcamp and it will be available tomorrow on iTunes. Si is well-known on the local music scene and runs open mic nights at Le Bateau, Blushh in Christchurch and O’Neills in Bournemouth.
He started his music career as a harmonica player and has supported David Essex on his UK tour.
The episode of The Voice featuring Si aired on BBC One last Saturday.