He was the youngest, the smallest, and would bust out Michael Jackson-esque moves to songs like Calendar Girls by Neil Sedaka and Crazy by Icehouse.
Well, what a difference three decades makes.
Watch Joey Dee’s rendition of Redemption Song on The Voice. Post continues after video.
42-year-old Dee has made his return to the stage, and my good lord his voice is amazing.
Soulful, bluesy, with a touch of honey left over from his youth – Dee turned two chairs within seconds of opening his mouth on The Voice stage last night.
Even though he was once-upon-a-time a regular performer in front of live studio audiences, Dee admitted backstage he was nervous.
“Doing this whole experience you’re putting yourself out there. I guess as you get older you get more fearful,” he said.
“As a nine-year-old you’re fearless, so you just jump on stage and do it without even thinking. As you get older everyone doubts themselves. Doing this whole process is about overcoming that.”