Saturday 1 October 2016

The Voice UK denies fix as Paloma says Kevin Simm steal was agreed before show

Published 07/03/2016 | 11:42

Kevin Simm Vs Faith Nelson - The Voice UK
Kevin Simm Vs Faith Nelson - The Voice UK

The Voice UK has rejected claims the show is fixed in the wake of Paloma Faith reportedly admitting Kevin Simm's steal was agreed before the show.

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In an interview with The Mirror, Paloma reportedly said, "Kevin was the hardest battle round decision.  I wasn't sleeping because of it.

"So Ricky and I agreed beforehand that he would take Kevin."

Paloma had pitted former Liberty X singer Kevin (35) against Faith Nelson (17) and opted to take Faith through.

The coaches from The Voice (left to right) Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George and will.i.am
The coaches from The Voice (left to right) Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George and will.i.am

However, she told The Mirror, "I sent Kevin an email afterwards to tell him I thought he could win the whole competition and to explain that I knew he'd be saved."

In a statement, a spokesman confirmed the two coaches had discussed Simm before the recording of the show, which was broadcast on February 5, but the "fix" accusation was rejected.

There is "no truth in this 'fix' claim", the statement said.

"The conversation between Ricky and Paloma before that battle record was her asking him to steal Kevin if she didn't choose him. He did not agree or disagree."

During the blind auditions, all four judges had turned for Kevin, while only two had turned for Faith.

However, Paloma said she felt 'sure' about Faith but still felt it would be 'ridiculous' to get rid of someone as talented as Kevin.

On the show, Wilson explained why he had decided to steal Simm.

"I really felt Kevin deserves this shot," he said. "I've never taken a steal through to the finals before, but he has got a shot."

Liberty X won the Brit Award for best British single in 2003 with their chart-topper Just A Little.

They enjoyed several more hits before calling it a day in 2007.

Simm, 35, went his own way and released his album Brand New in 2008, but he experienced commercial failure as a soloist.

The Voice UK continues on Saturday.

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