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Kevin Simm: 'There was no guarantee of success on The Voice'

Published 22/03/2016

Kevin Simm
Kevin Simm

The Voice favourite, and former Liberty X singer, Kevin Simm struggled to get any work after the pop group disbanded in 2007.

Kevin Simm knew he was taking a gamble appearing on The Voice, because there was no "guarantee" how far he would get.

The 35-year-old singer wowed both judges and the audience with his first audition on the BBC talent show when he performed Sia's hit Chandelier. He is now through to the quarter finals of the singing competition as part of Ricky Wilson's team, but had no idea whether or not he would be successful on the series.

"I didn't think there was any guarantee I would get that far," Kevin told Britain's OK! Magazine.

Kevin was one fifth of Liberty X, who had hits during the early 2000's with tracks such as Just a Little and Jumpin' after forming through ITV show Popstars, before disbanding in 2007. Following the group's split, Kevin admits he struggled to be taken seriously and wasn't given any opportunities as a solo performer.

"I had to post flyers through pub doors to get a gig," he added. "I've never been work-shy, but it was really difficult just to get the gigs. I would contact agencies and they wouldn't get back to me."

Kevin is now hoping for victory on The Voice, which would mark a successful musical comeback for the star.

The singer has been busy in his personal life too, as he is father to four-year-old Charlie and two-year-old Oliver with wife Laura. Charlie is already showing signs of following in his father's footsteps as well, Laura revealed.

"Charlie is like a mini Kev anyway, he constantly sings," she laughed. "You should hear him sing Chandelier."

"He sings all sorts of songs you wouldn't expect a four-year-old to sing, as he's heard me practising," Kevin added. "He is such a performer."

Laura also admitted she has to constantly remind her spouse just how talented he is, as he suffers from a severe case of self doubt.

"I have never met anybody who is so critical of themselves as Kev," she said. "I can think a song is amazing and Kev will be going back over it all saying what he did wrong."

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