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Liberty X re-forming off back of Kevin Simm’s success on The Voice UK

Published 18/04/2016 | 11:29

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 3: (L to R) Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, Kelli Young, Jessica Taylor and Tony Lundon of Liberty X arrive at a reception and private celebrity screening for
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 3: (L to R) Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, Kelli Young, Jessica Taylor and Tony Lundon of Liberty X arrive at a reception and private celebrity screening for "The Bourne Identity" held at the Charlotte Street Hotel September 3, 2002 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kevin Simm's former bandmates are capitalising on his Voice UK success by reforming Liberty X.

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Series favourite Simm (35) won The Voice UK just two weeks ago, securing himself one last stab at solo fame with a contract with Universal Music.

And it seems the other members of Liberty X are striking while the Simm is hot with a series of new gigs.

Liberty X formed 15 years ago on Popstars with Simm, Michelle Heaton, Tony Lundon, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young.

The Voice winner Kevin Simm now wants to live in the celebrity jungle
The Voice winner Kevin Simm now wants to live in the celebrity jungle

They were the runners up on the show, which formed the band Hear'Say from the winners.  However, Liberty X went on to be far more successful with ten UK top 20 singles.

They broke up in 2007 but regrouped in 2012 for The Big reunion.

Speaking to The Sun, Michelle said, "We have gigs in the pipeline and we're actually doing Birmingham Pride in a few weeks' time.

"Kevin will be performing with us still.  I can see us doing a lot more with Kevin now."

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, Kelli Young, Jessica Taylor and Tony Lundon of Liberty X pose backstage at the Childline 2006 concert, which was presented by Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy at The Point Theatre on January 29, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, Kelli Young, Jessica Taylor and Tony Lundon of Liberty X pose backstage at the Childline 2006 concert, which was presented by Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy at The Point Theatre on January 29, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

Hopefully "a lot more" means allowing him to showcase his phenomenal vocal, which was a surprise to many fans of the band who simply didn't realise his potential.

Kevin's first solo single only managed to hit number 24 in the UK chart, but he was prepared for a slog to work on his album.

“I know by winning The Voice it doesn’t make me a successful artist straight away,” he told RadioTimes.com following his win.

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