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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 13:54 GMT
Stop the bullies, says Lil' Chris
Lil' Chris
Lil' Chris was 'just like us' said one interviewer

Teenage Rock Star Lil' Chris has told reporters if he could change one thing he'd like to end bullying.

The musician, whose real name is Chris Hardman, was speaking at a news conference with pupils taking part in BBC News School Report in Manchester.

"If there could be no bullying that would be nice," he said in the interview which was also webcast on the BBC News website.

Chris sprung to fame when he appeared in the second series of Gene Simmons' Rock School and got to open a concert for heavy metal band Judas Priest.

He admitted it was a nerve-racking experience. "I was so nervous. The first time I went on stage was to perform in front of 20,000 people. That was really being chucked in at the deep end."

Chris says his inspiration is fellow East Anglian Justin Hawkins, the former frontman for The Darkness, who also went to Kirkley High in Lowestoft.

Despite his rock star status it seems Chris has still kept his feet firmly on the ground. "I thought he was nice and kind, he was just like one of us," said 12-year-old Yinka from Whalley Range High School, one of the pupils that interviewed him, before adding that she hadn't actually bought any of his records.

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