Monday 1 May 2017

Former Liberty X star auditions for the Voice UK and has 'nightmares' about nobody turning

Liberty X Attend The 'Pantene Pro-V' Awards At London'S Royal Albert Hall. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Liberty X Attend The 'Pantene Pro-V' Awards At London'S Royal Albert Hall. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Shows like X Factor and The Voice often lure former pop stars back for a second stab at fame and this Saturday's Voice UK will see the return of a member of Liberty X.

Kevin Simm (35) was one fifth of Liberty X along with Michelle Heaton, Jessica Taylor, Kelli Young and Tony Lundon.

He takes a massive risk by putting himself at the mercy of Voice coaches Paloma Faith, Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am and Boy George and before he performs he admits he's "very nervous" and has had "nightmares" about nobody turning.

He tackles Sia's Chandelier.

Kevin Simm on The Voice UK
Kevin Simm on The Voice UK

Liberty X was formed in 2001 by five rejected contestants on ITV talent show Popstars, the show which went on to spawn Hear'Say.

Far from flop, however, Liberty X were even more successful than the winners, achieving ten consecutive UK Top 20 singles.

They split in 2007 but reunited for ITV2 series The Big Reunion in 2013, which saw them perform together for one gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in London which resulted in a tour.

Speaking about his post-Liberty X solo career, Kevin said, "I signed with a label and recorded my own album. At that point, I was like, 'This is going to be awesome, I'm going to be massive'. Then I just got shelved, pretty much.

"What can you do? It puts you off music a little bit. It did knock my confidence a lot."

Kevin is not the first former Popstar to try for a second chance on a reality talent show.

Danny from Hear'Say auditioned for The Voice in 2013 and the previous year saw 5ive's Sean Conlon give it a bash.  Neither managed to get through.

However, Deniece Pearson, formerly of 1980s RnB group Five Star had more luck in 2012 as Tom Jones turned for her and in 2014 Esmee Denters, who had recorded Outta Here with Justin Timberlake, managed to get all of the judges to turn for her.

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