The Voice Kids viewers sob as blind 13-year-old girl stuns coaches with her phenomenal singing voice

The Voice Kids returned to ITV on Saturday night.

And, viewers were left sobbing as a blind 13-year-old girl stunned coaches Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and Will I Am with her phenomenal singing voice. 

Lydia from Worcester sang a stunning rendition of Your Song, based on Ellie Goulding’s cover of the Elton John song which left those watching taking to social media to brand her ‘an inspiration’.  

Incredible! The Voice Kids returned to ITV on Saturday, and viewers were left sobbing as a blind 13-year-old girl named Lydia stunned coaches with her phenomenal singing voice

Ahead of her performance, Lydia explained to viewers: ‘I was born with a genetic condition affecting my eyes which means that I am blind.’ 

Showing her true character, the undeterred teen joked when a crew member knocked something behind the camera, as she quipped: ‘Careful, it’s normally me walking into things, you’re not meant to do that!’ 

Lydia’s mother explained: ‘We were told that there were two ways of dealing with it, you wrap her in cotton wool, or you prepare her to do anything.’

But Lydia insisted: ‘I don’t let anything hold me back, I love giving things a go and I love surprising people.’

Wow! Coaches Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and Will I Am gave the teenage a standing ovation for her version of Your Song, based on Ellie Goulding's cover Elton John's track

Wow! Coaches Paloma Faith, Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and Will I Am gave the teenage a standing ovation for her version of Your Song, based on Ellie Goulding’s cover Elton John’s track

Disabled: Ahead of her performance, Lydia explained to viewers: 'I was born with a genetic condition affecting my eyes which means that I am blind'

Disabled: Ahead of her performance, Lydia explained to viewers: ‘I was born with a genetic condition affecting my eyes which means that I am blind’

Her mother revealed that when her daughter is having a hard time, she goes to her room and sings to help get herself through.

After her mesmerising performance, the studio audience and coaches gave Lydia a much-deserved standing ovation.

Asked by Danny how long she’s been singing for, Lydia told him: ‘Forever, because I’m blind so I don’t draw, I don’t do anything like that, but i sing and I listen to stuff.

Joker! Showing her character, the teen joked when a crew member knocked something over, as she quipped: 'Careful, it's normally me walking into things, you're not meant to do that!'

Joker! Showing her character, the teen joked when a crew member knocked something over, as she quipped: ‘Careful, it’s normally me walking into things, you’re not meant to do that!’

Mum and daughter: Lydia's mother explained: 'We were told that there were two ways of dealing with it, you wrap her in cotton wool, or you prepare her to do anything'

Mum and daughter: Lydia’s mother explained: ‘We were told that there were two ways of dealing with it, you wrap her in cotton wool, or you prepare her to do anything’

‘I was five and I was singing in the car with my grandpa and he said I had a really nice voice so I started singing.’

Completely awe-struck by her performance, Paloma told Lydia: ‘It felt a bit magical and you sounded really beautiful.’  

Viewers took to Twitter to share their delight over Lydia’s performance, revealing it had reduced them to tears as they branded the teenager an ‘inspiration.’ 

Music maters: Her mother revealed that when her daughter is having a hard time, she goes to her room and sings to help get herself through

Music maters: Her mother revealed that when her daughter is having a hard time, she goes to her room and sings to help get herself through

Sensational! After her mesmerising performance, the studio audience and coaches gave Lydia a much-deserved standing ovation

Sensational! After her mesmerising performance, the studio audience and coaches gave Lydia a much-deserved standing ovation

‘I’m sobbing, Lydia on #TheVoiceKids Was utterly incredible, I’m so moved. As a fellow VI person I’m so proud of her,’ tweeted one fan of the show.

‘Don’t mind me crying because there was a young girl on The Voice Kids who took up singing because she wasn’t able to paint or draw due to being blind,’ wrote another.

One viewer gushed: ‘Lydia is a phenomenal girl. Her attitude, outlook on life and general positivity is admirable. She will go very far and do very well in life. She sees the ability in disability. Lydia is an inspiration to us all! #TheVoiceKids.’

Incredible: Asked by Danny how long she's been singing for, Lydia told him: 'Forever, because I'm blind so I don't draw, I don't do anything like that, but i sing and I listen to stuff'

Incredible: Asked by Danny how long she’s been singing for, Lydia told him: ‘Forever, because I’m blind so I don’t draw, I don’t do anything like that, but i sing and I listen to stuff’

Mesmerised: Completely awe-struck by her performance, Paloma told Lydia: 'It felt a bit magical and you sounded really beautiful'

Mesmerised: Completely awe-struck by her performance, Paloma told Lydia: ‘It felt a bit magical and you sounded really beautiful’

‘These kids are fantastic on The Voice Kids. Especially Lydia, you forgot her disability when she sang so beautifully, an amazing young lady,’ added another fan.

‘Lydia was divine. An inspiration, loved her voice loved the song. #thevoicekidsuk,’ praised another viewer.

Someone else added: ‘Am loving The Voice kids uk but I think Victoria was absolutely amazing and the blind girl phenomenal. Xxx.’ 

‘Watching the voice kids. loved the blind girl from Worcester who sang Ellie Goulding your song magical #TheVoiceKidsUK,’ tweeted another.

Fan reaction! Viewers took to Twitter to share their delight over Lydia's performance, revealing it had reduced them to tears as they branded the teenager an 'inspiration'

Fan reaction! Viewers took to Twitter to share their delight over Lydia’s performance, revealing it had reduced them to tears as they branded the teenager an ‘inspiration’

TALK OF THE TOWN: Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose won’t get her day in court

TALK OF THE TOWN: Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose won’t get her day in court to defend her father

It would have been the most high-profile performance of her fledgling career so far. But I’m sad to report we won’t get to see Lily-Rose Depp performing on the steps of the High Court, where she had planned to launch an impassioned defence of father Johnny for the world’s media.

I’m told the 21-year-old actress, whose mother is Johnny’s ex-partner Vanessa Paradis, was adamant that she wanted to deliver a very public speech outside the court in London, only to be forced to stand down by her dad’s legal team.

Johnny, 57, star of Pirates Of The Caribbean, is suing The Sun newspaper over a 2018 article that claimed he beat ex-wife Amber Heard, with eye-watering claims made by both sides in the explosive legal battle.

Lily-Rose Depp, pictured right, with her father Johnny, left, wanted to talk to the media outside the High Court in London during his court case in London

Amber Heard, pictured, appeared in London's High Court during the libel trial

Amber Heard, pictured, appeared in London’s High Court during the libel trial 

American actress and model Amber, 34, claims that Johnny attacked her 14 times during their turbulent marriage, which he strenuously denies.

My source says: ‘In what was a highly unusual request, Lily-Rose was determined to publicly defend her father by addressing reporters outside the court. It was a very loving gesture, but unfortunately one that his legal team thought was not very prudent.

‘They had to step in and advise her that anything she said could jeopardise what has already become an expensive and complex trial. In other words, she could have brought the proceedings to a halt if she had inadvertently spoken about any of the evidence being given inside the courtroom.

‘She meant well but it was a naive gesture that could have backfired.’

Lily-Rose, who has already won a handful of awards for her first few film appearances, which have included starring roles alongside Natalie Portman and Robert Pattinson, is not due to give evidence during the case. However, Vanessa and Johnny’s ex-fiancee, actress Winona Ryder, are expected to appear.

While Amber last night enjoyed a dinner at a private London address with her ‘girl gang’, which includes pop star Kylie Minogue, it’s nice to hear that Johnny has his own loyal supporter.

Consumer spending jumps 22 per cent as lockdown is lifted providing much-needed economy boost

Consumer spending jumps 22 per cent as lockdown is lifted providing much-needed boost for the economy

  • The economy has been lifted by several lockdown restrictions, new data says  
  • Spending in UK high street shops has risen by 11 per cent compared to last week 
  • The amount of money collected by hit the £210million mark on July 4 and July 5
  • However, data reveals a recovery from the pandemic lockdown is still far off

Reopening high streets, unlocking pubs and giving the green light to holidays abroad has delivered a welcome lift to the economy, according to data prepared for The Mail on Sunday.

Pubs opened last weekend and airlines have stepped up efforts to reinstate flights after the Government relaxed restrictions on families jetting off for summer breaks.

Data from Barclaycard, which tracks spending through merchant card readers, revealed consumer spending has increased 22 per cent so far this month, compared with the same period in June.

New data has revealed that reopening the high street (pictured) has given a boost to the economy along with the reopening of pubs and permission for Britons to go on holiday again

Spending last week alone rose ten per cent compared to the week before as the changes took effect. 

That included an 11 per cent increase in spending at shops, a 14 per cent rise in spending on flights, travel and holidays and a 61 per cent increase in purchases of foreign currency as consumers prepare to splash out on summer breaks. 

The rise is likely to be welcomed as a sign of economic ‘green shoots’. But a recovery from the pandemic lockdown is still far off.

There were signs that parts of the economy are not gaining the same traction as others. Barclaycard data reveals spending on petrol last week fell by 0.5 per cent. 

Spending in shops last week alone rose ten per cent compared to the week before but a recovery from the pandemic lockdown is still far off

 Spending in shops last week alone rose ten per cent compared to the week before but a recovery from the pandemic lockdown is still far off

That suggests workers are not yet travelling back to the office in large numbers, and possibly that drivers remain reluctant to journey long distances after months of being warned against travelling far from home.

Business owners said spending remains significantly down compared with this time last year.

High street sources said even the best performing fashion chains are still about 30 per cent down on last year while the majority of clothing shops are struggling to sell half as much as they did last July. 

Online sales have provided some relief but have not made up for the significant shortfall in shops.

One senior high street executive said: ‘These increases are from a very low base.’

Rob Cameron, CEO of Barclaycard Payments, said: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet.’ 

But he added: ‘The good news is that consumers are still comfortable with the idea of shopping face-to-face.’

Spending in UK pubs hit the £210million mark across the July 4 weekend, when the Government allowed all establishments selling alcohol to fully reopen again

Spending in UK pubs hit the £210million mark across the July 4 weekend, when the Government allowed all establishments selling alcohol to fully reopen again

Millions of workers are still being paid under the Government-funded furlough scheme and tens of thousands of job cuts have been announced in recent weeks as firms cut costs and prepare to hunker down and battle through the coming months.

The growth in spending comes on the heels of a 13 per cent increase in spending on cards in June compared with May.

Spending at pubs hit £210 million over the July 4 weekend, an increase of more than 70 per cent on the same weekend a year earlier, according to analysis from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

PwC said consumer confidence had been on an improving trend since March. A fifth of those responding to its June survey said they believe their finances will be ‘better off in the next 12 months’, with just under a third expecting to be worse off. 

The most optimistic are 18-to-24-year-olds, with 45-to-64-year-olds the least optimistic. PwC said disposable income is not ‘a current concern for most consumers’.

Reese Witherspoon hilariously embarrasses her son Deacon, 16, with TikTok video

Her son, Deacon Phillippe, 16, released his first single on Friday. 

And Saturday saw proud mom, Reese Witherspoon, do what any loving parent would do – she attempted to embarrass her son. 

The 44-year-old shared a sweet video with the 16-year-old where she said she wanted to create a TikTok dance video to his new track.

She’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom! Reese Witherspoon hilariously tried to embarrass her son Deacon Phillippe, 16, on Saturday by coming with the idea to make a TikTok dance video to his new single, Long Run

‘When your kid has his first single… you gotta dance! #longrun @deaconphillippe @ninanesbitt,’ she captioned the post.  

While bopping along to the track, Reese found herself having a light bulb moment. 

‘Deacon! I should make up a TikTok dance to this song,’ she exclaimed. 

Thoughts! While bopping along to the track, Reese found herself having a light bulb moment

Thoughts! While bopping along to the track, Reese found herself having a light bulb moment

It's a no from Deacon! The new artist didn't appear very thrilled with the idea, placing his face into his hands and saying, 'No'

It's a no from Deacon! The new artist didn't appear very thrilled with the idea, placing his face into his hands and saying, 'No'

It’s a no from Deacon! The new artist didn’t appear very thrilled with the idea, placing his face into his hands and saying, ‘No’ 

The new artist didn’t appear very thrilled with the idea, placing his face into his hands and saying, ‘No.’  

It comes after Deacon Phillippe dropped his first single on Friday. 

And mom Reese Witherspoon, 44, couldn’t have been more proud as she helped promote the 16-year-old’s track Long Run on Instagram, calling it the ‘perfect summer bop’.

Amusingly the actress also tried to adopt some youthful lingo to appeal to teens around the same age as Deacon as she called the track ‘sick’ and ‘dope’. 

Young talent: Reese Witherspoon proudly shared son Deacon's new single as it dropped on Friday

Young talent: Reese Witherspoon proudly shared son Deacon’s new single as it dropped on Friday

‘New Song of the Summer! #LongRun So proud of my son @deaconphillippe…’ Reese raved in her post.

‘His first single with the incredibly talented @ninanesbitt is out now! It’s the perfect summer bop with a sick beat and dope drops (is that what the kids say ?!) check it out! link in my stories’ she wrote.

Deacon announced Monday that he’ll be releasing his first ever single on Friday as he shared the artwork for the track which features vocals from Scottish singer–songwriter Nina Nesbitt. 

'His first single with the incredibly talented @ninanesbitt is out now! It’s the perfect summer bop with a sick beat and dope drops (is that what the kids say ?!) Reese, 44, said

‘His first single with the incredibly talented @ninanesbitt is out now! It’s the perfect summer bop with a sick beat and dope drops (is that what the kids say ?!) Reese, 44, said

Proud! Deacon's father Ryan Phillippe also posted the track on his Instagram writing, '#LongRun OUT NOW on all platforms! Stream it nonstop for me.'

Proud! Deacon’s father Ryan Phillippe also posted the track on his Instagram writing, ‘#LongRun OUT NOW on all platforms! Stream it nonstop for me.’

Reese, who also has a 20-year-old daughter Ava with Deacon’s father Ryan Phillippe, was among those to like his post.

Deacon is credited as a composer on the track. 

Deacon’s father Ryan Phillippe also posted the track on his Instagram, proudly writing, ‘#LongRun OUT NOW on all platforms! Stream it nonstop for me. So proud of you @deaconphillippe & what a voice @ninanesbitt CONGRATS YOU TWO!’     

Back in February, the aspiring musician starred in a series of Instagram Stories videos his mother posted in which he taught her the finer points of dapping.

‘It’s basically just a handshake that I do with my friends,’ he explained.

Biggest fan: Reese also has a 20-year-old daughter Ava, 20, with Deacon's father Ryan, 45

Biggest fan: Reese also has a 20-year-old daughter Ava, 20, with Deacon’s father Ryan, 45

But before he could show her how to dap, he had to explain the difference from dabbing, a celebratory gesture where one puts their arms up to the side at a diagonal angle while resting their head in the crook of their arm.

‘That trend died, like, two years ago,’ explained her son. 

Reese and Ryan were married from 1999 to 2006. 

Her relationship with talent agent Jim Toth first came to light in early 2010, and they married in March 2011.

She shares a third child with him, a son named Tennessee, seven. 

The basics: Deacon joined Reese in a hilarious Instagram video from February in which he tried to explain what dapping was, and how it was different from dabbing

The basics: Deacon joined Reese in a hilarious Instagram video from February in which he tried to explain what dapping was, and how it was different from dabbing

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s US show is ditched after one season for ‘failing to connect’ with audiences

A Waller-Bridge too far… Phoebe’s debut US show Run is cancelled after one season as TV insiders admit it ‘failed to connect’ with audiences

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge is considered to be the golden girl of British comedy 
  • But her new show in America, ‘Run’, has been pulled from US TV after one series
  • It is understood HBO bosses thought the show ‘failed to connect’ with audiences
  • Waller-Bridge worked as executive producer for the US comedy thriller series

She may be the golden girl of British comedy, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s first American TV venture has been axed after just one series.

The Fleabag creator helped bring the comedy thriller Run to screens and had a recurring role as a lesbian taxidermist. 

But network bosses at premium channel HBO have pulled the plug after only seven episodes, with TV insiders admitting that it ‘failed to connect’ with audiences.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured)’s US TV series has been pulled after one series after it ‘failed to connect with audiences’

It is the first hiccup in the award-winning star’s glittering career, which also includes writing Killing Eve and helping with the script for the next James Bond film, No Time To Die.

Run, which aired on Sky in the UK, was created by Waller-Bridge’s long-standing collaborator Vicky Jones, with the Fleabag star acting as executive producer as well as appearing on screen. 

It starred US actress Merritt Wever and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, as Ruby and Billy, former college sweethearts who made a pact 17 years ago: if either texted ‘Run’, and the other replied with the same, they’d drop everything, meet in New York’s Grand Central station and travel across America.

But despite being well received by critics, the show struggled to find an audience, averaging just 232,000 viewers an episode when it aired on HBO in April and May.

A Hollywood TV source said: ‘Run was liked by network bosses at a time when Fleabag and Killing Eve were the hottest things on the planet. However, Run just did not translate to HBO audiences as expected.’

According to the source, Waller-Bridge and Jones held talks with network bosses on how to draw a bigger audience with a second series but failed to reach agreement. 

'Run', which aired on Sky in the UK, was created by Waller-Bridge’s long-standing collaborator Vicky Jones, with the Fleabag star acting as executive producer

‘Run’, which aired on Sky in the UK, was created by Waller-Bridge’s long-standing collaborator Vicky Jones, with the Fleabag star acting as executive producer

The source added: ‘Sure, it’s the first flop for Phoebe Stateside, but she does not have time to lick her wounds. Her deal with Amazon Studios means she has three years of pitching concepts and series to them exclusively with a fine budget on the table.’

HBO had seen off fierce competition from other broadcasters to snap up the rights to Run. 

But a spokesman said: ‘After exploring potential ways of continuing Ruby and Billy’s journey together with showrunner Vicky Jones, we have come to the decision that we will not be moving forward with a second season of Run.’

Waller-Bridge, 34, is still regarded as one of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars thanks to Fleabag, which has picked up six Emmy awards.