The 5-minute Interview: Lil'Chris, singer and TV presenter

'I'd be a paperboy still if it wasn't for the singing'
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Lil Chris, 17, graduated from Channel 4’s Rock School to success as a singer with his first single, ‘Checking it out’. He is preparing to launch his own TV show. He is also World Vision’s School Aid Ambassador; to find out more please visit www.schoolaid.tv !

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

Playing a computer game called Half-Life 2. During Christmas I overdid it with the Xbox 360. I've definitely reached geek level.

A phrase I use far too often is...

Init.

I wish people would take more notice of...

The lives of children in Third World countries. I went to Kerala and Mumbai, which took me out of my Lowestoft bubble into a completely different world. We've been raising money with World Vision School Aid to help in classrooms around India.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

My career. I had lots of luck.

A common misperception of me is....

People think anyone who's been on telly must be arrogant and big-headed.

I am not a politician but...

World Vision makes a difference to children's lives in developing countries.

I'm good at...

Xbox 360.

I'm very bad at...

Controlling my temper.

The ideal night out is...

You'd have to have your friends there. I've had some great nights that started off looking bad. Like Christmas parties when you think you're just going to be bored while your mum's friends get drunk, but then something can come up and everything takes off.

In moments of weakness I...

Go home to see my family.

You know me as a singer but in truer life I'd have been ...

A paperboy. If it wasn't for the singing I would still be doing it.

The best age to be is...

Eighteen. I've heard it's really good.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

Give what you take, the more you put into something the more you get out.

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