Rochdale's latest singing sensation, Riccardo, is through to the semi-final of the The Voice Kids UK.
The talented singer has always had a passion for music, he was part of the school choir at Marland Hill primary school and he is part of the council's music service.
Riccardo's Voice Kids UK journey began with a stunning audition singing Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', where all 3 judges turned round to snap up his talent.
Riccardo picked Pixie Lott to be his mentor on the programme and went on to deliver another stunning performance in the battles round with 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.
'We are all immensely proud of him'
Gail Hopper, director of children's services at Rochdale Borough Council congratulated Riccardo on his success so far; "Riccardo has done fantastically well to get so far in this competition, we are all immensely proud of him. Our teachers and music service staff have commented on his talent for years and we all hope he gets the reward he deserves in winning."
Nerves will be jangling as he enters the semi-final on ITV1 at 7.30pm - Saturday, 15 July 2017 where he will hope to progress to the final.
The whole of Rochdale borough will be backing Riccardo to the final, where we hope he will be crowned the 2017 winner.
The final is on ITV1 at 7.10pm - Sunday, 16 July 2017 and the winner will be decided by a public vote, good luck Riccardo!!