He’s the singing fireman who has set ablaze one of the country’s most popular talent shows.
Stevie McCrorie received ringing endorsements from four celebrity judges after performing an audition on BBC singing contest ‘The Voice’, which was broadcast on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old, who grew up in Denny and now lives in Clackmannanshire, delivered a powerful rendition of ‘All I Want’ by the Irish rock band Kodaline.
He received plaudits from judges as Sir Tom Jones, Rita Ora, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am.
“If we were to be together, coaching-wise, we would set fire to the stage and you wouldn’t need to put it out,” said Rita.
But perhaps the highest praise of all came from the men who wrote the original song. Kodaline tweeted after the show: “Just watched Stevie’s audition because our news feed went crazy. Great job man, best of luck with it.”
The celebrity plaudits didn’t stop there, with supermodel Sophie Anderton tweeting: “OMG this guy is the real deal. Stevie is amazing, touches the soul!”.
Emma Willis, who presents ‘The Voice’, was also clearly impressed.
“Totally over the moon that Stevie got four turns. Every time I hear that performance I get goosebumps. He’s ridiculously good.”
Closer to home, hundreds of supportive messages from residents in Denny and Dunipace were posted online - with several claiming they had always known Stevie would some day find fame.
The video of Stevie’s audition has since been viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube.
Stevie, a former pupil at St Modan’s High School, posted a message of thanks on his Facebook page after being overwhelmed by the public response to his performance.
“The support has been amazing, thank you soon much everyone,” he said. “I can’t believe this!”
The father-of-one will return to ‘The Voice’ in the coming weeks and has already been installed as the bookies’ favourite to win the series.