Chorley star’s vow ahead of tonight’s live The Voice show

Kevin Simm, former Liberty X member and now a contestant on The Voice
Kevin Simm, former Liberty X member and now a contestant on The Voice

The Voice contestant Kevin Simm has said he will not let “negative thoughts” affect his performance during tonight’s first live show.

The former Liberty X star is one of 12 finalists hoping to impress the all-star coaching panel of will.i.am, Paloma Faith, Boy George and Ricky Wilson and the voting public.

The Voice contestant Kevin Simm who has said he was "put off" the music business after the failure of his solo pop career (Guy Levy/PA Wire)

The Voice contestant Kevin Simm who has said he was "put off" the music business after the failure of his solo pop career (Guy Levy/PA Wire)

Viewers of the BBC One talent series have watched the Chorley-born singer, a member of Wilson’s team, struggle with self-confidence on occasion.

“It was only me stopping myself by letting negative thoughts get in my head,” he said.

“But with all the support I’ve got, I just feel like I’ve just got to go out there and enjoy myself. I don’t want to look back at the whole thing, if I get knocked out on Saturday, and think I was stressed out the whole way through it.”

Liberty X’s Just A Little won a Brit award for best British single in 2003. The five-piece enjoyed several more hits before calling it a day in 2007.

Kevin Simm vowed not to let negative thoughts beat him before last night's live show

Kevin Simm vowed not to let negative thoughts beat him before last night's live show

Simm, 35, released an album in 2008, but he experienced commercial failure as a soloist.

“The main pressure I feel is how people will perceive me,” he said.

“I know there are some who think singers who’ve been pop stars shouldn’t be in the competition so I was expecting a bit of a backlash, but it didn’t come, and I realised people were rooting for me.

“I just want to enjoy myself. I feel like I’ve got people in my corner.”

Essex-born Lydia Lucy, a member of Team Will, previously attempted to find music stardom on Simon Cowell’s The X Factor.

The 22-year-old took part in the 2013 series when the ITV hit premiered Bootcamp elimination process, the six chair challenge.

Lucy was one of the first victims of the twist on musical chairs - she lost her seat and missed out on a place in the Judges’ Houses round.

“I was absolutely heartbroken when I got swapped on The X Factor, but it made me more determined,” she said ahead of the live shows.

“Getting to this stage on The Voice is a massive opportunity for me. I just hope I can do everyone proud.”

On Saturday, each coach will pick one member of their team who will receive a fast pass straight into next week’s semi-finals.

Viewers will vote on the remaining eight finalists to determine who remains in the competition and who goes home.

Bookmakers have made teenager Cody Frost, a member of Boy George’s team, the favourite to be crowned winner overall.

Frost said she was aware of the news, but she is taking it one step at a time.

“I can only be as good as I am,” she stated. “There’s no pressure in the sense that I can only get as good as George can help me be.”

On the same subject, Lucy paid tribute to her competitors.

“Everyone is unique in their artistry,” she said. “There’s a few people that the public love, but all I can do is be me. I’ve had so much support.”

Jordan Gray, who was born male and now lives as a female, has been unwell with a virus this week.

Gray’s coach Faith said she expected the Essex resident would be well enough to perform.

The other finalists are: Chloe Castro, Lauren Lapsley-Browne, Heather Cameron-Hayes, Harry Fisher, Vangelis, Jolan, Beth Morris and Lyrickal.

:: The Voice is broadcast at 7pm on BBC One.