Chorley star Kevin Simm has expressed his delight at getting through to the last eight of hit singing contest The Voice.
The former Liberty X singer was given a fast pass to the BBC competition’s semi-final after the shock departure of two contestants, Beth Morris and Chloe Castro, just before last night’s first live show.
Presenter Emma Willis made the announcement that the 12 finalists were down to 10 before viewers saw two more, Harry Fisher and Lauren Lapsley-Brown, voted out of the competition.
Kevin, 35, who is on Ricky Wilson’s team, moved everybody in the studio as well as millions sat at home with an emotional rendition of Des’ree’s I’m Kissing You.
He was given a fast pass, which means his fate wasn’t left to a public vote, alongside bookies’ favourite Cody Frost, 17, from Nelson.
The dad and husband told the Lancashire Evening Post: “I had not spoken to Cody until the later rounds but I really get on with her.
“She is a lot younger and we are different people but she is sweet and I have a lot of time for her.
“Cody is rightfully up there to win because all of her performances have been totally solid.
“Anyone left in it would deserve to win in my opinion.”
Kevin, who admitted to being a ‘little hung-over’ this morning, said his next song choice ‘is going to be important’ after judge Paloma Faith said she wanted to see him perform something more challenging next week.
“That’s going to be important,” he said. “I could perform a song brilliantly but it might not be one people relate to. It’s the biggest decision.”
Kevin said he doesn’t know if he can go and win the competition, saying he is ‘just happy to be through’.
But he vowed not to let negative thoughts get the better of him.
In an interview before the show, he said: “It was only me stopping myself by letting negative thoughts get in my head.
“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.
And his former bandmates were spotted in the studio, where they had gathered to cheer on Kevin, who released an album in 2008 but experienced commercial failure.