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Kilted kid rocker from Fife wows judges on Spanish talent show with AC/DC song


He might be named after a Beatle but it’s his love of heavy metal that has made Lennon Jon Sharp Garcia an overnight star in Spain.

The mini kilted rock star, who is half Scottish, half Basque, stunned TV audiences with a headbanging performance on the nation’s hit talent show Idol Kids.

The 12-year-old rocked the studio audience into a frenzy with his spirited rendition of AC/DC classic Highway To Hell, prompting all three judges to reach for the golden buzzer.

Lennon is now straight through to the semi-finals of the popular Telecinco show – the Spanish equivalent to The Voice Kids – and one of the favourites to win.

12-year-old Lennon Garcia got a golden buzzer on Idol Kids in Spain

The YouTube clip of his performance, which shows Spain’s top classical singer and judge Isabel Pantoja moshing along in time to his performance, has gone viral.

Lennon, whose dad George is from Stobhill, Glasgow, says he can’t believe the reaction his performance has had and reveals he is getting
recognised on the streets of Madrid.

The youngster, who moved to the Spanish capital from Anstruther in Fife when he was six, said: “I still can’t believe I got a golden ticket through
to the semi-finals.

Lennon Garcia enjoys the applause after rocking the crowd

“Only three people ever get that and I never imagined it would be me, especially when I was
singing AC/DC.

“I was really, really nervous before I went on stage as I didn’t know whether the judges would like my performance as it was so different and hard core
compared to the other kids.

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“But once I started singing, I was in the zone and was fine.

Lennon pictured with his mum Ainhoa, dad George and brothers George and Julen

“When all the judges and the studio audience started cheering, jumping around and doing the rock sign, I knew things were going OK.

“When I finished, everyone was on their feet and all three judges said I deserved a golden ticket.

“I was so shocked and happy that I was shaking and crying. My mum and dad ran on to the stage and picked me up and swung me round. It was a crazy but good moment.”

Lennon, who went to his first AC/DC gig aged five, added: “Since the show aired last week, everything has gone a bit mad.

“Lots of people have been coming up to me on the street and congratulating me.

Lennon Garcia’s mum and dad rush on stage to hail their son after his performance wowed the judges

“I didn’t apply to be on the show – the producers came and asked me to audition after seeing a video of me online. I’m glad they did as it was a brilliant experience and I’m looking forward to the semi-finals.

“I think being on Idol Kids has given me the confidence to appear on Britain’s Got Talent so maybe I will audition for it next year.”

The talented musician, who turned 12 on Wednesday, says wearing the kilt when he performs makes him stand out.

He said: “The judges loved the fact I was wearing my kilt and sporran. I always wear them when I am
performing, as I just love being half-Scottish.

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“I miss Scotland a lot, especially my relatives and all the beautiful scenery.

“My Scottish grandma couldn’t see the programme on her TV but we sent her a video and she was crying as she was so proud and happy.

Lennon Garcia belts out an AC/DC song while wearing his kilt

“She has been showing all her friends and they keep
saying, ‘Your grandson is so cool,’ which is lovely.

“I love music with a passion and would love to have a career as a rock musician.

“My dream is to play with Queen or Aerosmith. If I don’t make it in the music business, I would like to become a musical instrument maker. Whatever I do, I want to make both my countries – Scotland and Spain – proud.”

Mum Ainhoa Garcia, 52, who is from Bilbao, and dad George, 47, are really proud of their mini rocker.

Explaining his son’s name, Lennon Jon, George said: “I’m George and my brothers are Paul and Richard – Ringo. We were missing John Lennon to make up the band.”

He added: “Lennon is quite a quiet and shy boy until he gets on a stage and starts playing the drums or singing. That’s when he transforms into a little rock star and all the nerves disappear.

“The reaction of the judges and the audience on the show just blew my wife and I away.

“Seeing Isabel Pantoja making the rock sign and jumping about in time to his song is something I will never forget.

“She is a massive classical singing star here in Spain and was married to a famous bullfighter. I never thought Highway To Hell would be her thing but it was when Lennon was singing it.”

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George, who is general manager of the Hard Rock Cafe in Madrid, added: “Lennon has been into rock music for as long as I can remember.

“That’s probably down to me. I used to play in a band called The Kei and there is always music playing in the house.”

Lennon is not the only performer in the family – his older brothers George, 21, and Julen, 19, are also musicians.

Dad George said: “George plays the guitar and bass and Julen plays the drums, guitar and sings like an angel. They are both studying music at college in Glasgow.

“They are Lennon’s inspiration. I don’t think he would have been as interested in music if he hadn’t seen them in action. It’s lovely seeing all three of them jamming together.

“All three of them are very proud of their Scottish roots. George and Julen were born there and they have all gone to school in Scotland at some point.

“They are all great lads and I am a lucky man.”





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