Singer prepares for battle He’s the voice: Alfie Arcuri has progressed to the battle rounds of The Voice. Picture: Simon Bennett
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He’s the voice: Alfie Arcuri has progressed to the battle rounds of The Voice. Picture: Simon Bennett

He’s the voice: Alfie Arcuri has progressed to the battle rounds of The Voice. Picture: Simon Bennett

He’s the voice: Alfie Arcuri has progressed to the battle rounds of The Voice. Picture: Simon Bennett

He’s the voice: Alfie Arcuri has progressed to the battle rounds of The Voice. Picture: Simon Bennett

He’s the voice: Alfie Arcuri has progressed to the battle rounds of The Voice. Picture: Simon Bennett

TweetFacebookThe Voice this year –and saw Catherine Field singer Alfie Arcuri set the stage alight.

The architect-by-day was first cab off the rank in the blind auditions –where artists perform to the back of the judges chairs and attempt to turn them around with their singing chops –and stunned the professionals with a rendition of James Bay’s Scars.

The Macarthur born-and-bred singer –whose entire family lives on the same Catherine Field street – has only been singing for two years but took a chance and signed up forthe Channel Nineshow.

“I’d only ever sung in the shower before, like everyone else,” he said.

“Everything really started at my sister’s wedding. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two weeks before her wedding and I wanted to do something nice for her so I asked if I could sing for her first dance.She was unsure at first but once we did a run through she was happy for me to do it.”

Mr Arcuri’s sister is now free of cancer, but another family tragedy struck just before his audition.

The 28-year-old former Kearns resident’s uncle had battled cancer for years and Mr Arcuri decided to give his limited VIP Voice tickets to his uncle and auntie.

But sadly, just five days before he took to the stage his uncle passed away.

“It was a really turbulent time for the whole family,” Mr Arcuri said.

“The audition was a welcome distraction for all of us, and it meant so much to me to have my whole family supporting me.

“It was amazing.”

Mr Arcuri eventually selected Delta Goodrem –who also survived a battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma –as his coach, believing she would be very “genuine”.

He said from the first moment he was not disappointed, with Delta calling his whole family to the stage and even holding his infant nephew Harry.

“Delta has been a very hands-on coach, she’s very supportive,” he said.

“When my audition went to air she even gave me a call.”

After making it through the blind auditions, Mr Arcuri now faces the next stage of the competition –the battle rounds, where he must try to outperform a fellow singer in a duet.

The former Mount Carmel Catholic College student describes himself as a “self-taught” singer and was lost when instructed to harmonise with his battle competitor.

“I didn’t know what to do, I just opened my mouth and no sound came out,” he said.

“Delta asked me, ‘are you pretending?’ And I told her I didn’t really know what I was doing, so she helped with that.

“All we want to do is give the audience the best performance we can.”

His battle will be televised on Sunday, June 5 and Mr Arcuri is nervous to see himself on TV again.

He hopes, after practicing his craft on The Voice, to follow his passion for music alongside his job as an architect.

Follow Alfie Arcuri on Instagram at @alfiearcuri.

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