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Kevin Simm: 'Winner's single is a gamble'

The Voice winner Kevin Simm knew it was "always going to be a gamble" whether he would find success on the talent show or not.

Kevin Simm knew there was "no guarantee" he would find success on The Voice.

The 35-year-old singer originally found fame with chart-topping band Liberty X in the early noughties, before the group disbanded in 2007. He has since struggled to make money through his singing, so decided to give BBC talent show The Voice a chance.

On Saturday night (09Apr16), Kevin was crowned winner of the show, but insists he never predicted his victory.

"You know there are no guarantees," he told the Daily Mirror. "You have to work hard to try and make it work. Nobody I met during my time on The Voice wanted to be famous – they did it because they love singing."

Asked about whether he thinks his winner's single will be a success, Kevin admitted: "It’s always going to be a gamble at the end of the day whether it works out or not."

Kevin is following in the footsteps of last year's winner Stevie McCrorie with his victory. Despite his success on the show, Stevie failed to set the charts alight, only reaching number 35 with his album. Meanwhile, Leanne Mitchell, who won the first series of the show, reached a measly number 134.

But Kevin is hoping his talents will help ensure the success of his winner's single.

"I personally don't believe The Voice is cursed," Kevin told BBC's Newsbeat. "I genuinely thought and said that out of the four people who were in the final, and the final 10 even, I truly believe any of us could have had a career outside of this."

Kevin was coached to victory by The Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, who had two acts competing for the crown.

Ricky previously revealed he would be leaving his role as judge on the show after this series, but admits he is "grieving" the end of his time on the programme.

"It’s not exhausting until it’s over," he told the Daily Mirror. "I feel a bit like grieving actually, I’ve loved every minute. But what a way to go out!

"I certainly went out in style. I got attached, you invest emotionally. What a ride – I would not have missed it for the world. I came to it kicking and screaming, I did it for the band. Now I don’t want to go."

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