The Voice winner Kevin Simm hints at next reality TV move


The Voice might not be the end of the reality TV career for winner Kevin Simm as he revealed he would love to enter I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Kevin is no stranger to the laws of the reality jungle after battling his way through two cut-throat TV singing competitions, first ITV's Popstars and then triumphing on The Voice last week, so a Bushtucker Trial should be easy in comparison.

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Kevin Simm won The Voice on Saturday night (Guy Levy/Wall to Wall/BBC)

He said: "Don't worry, you will not see me on The X Factor when I'm 40. 100% as far as singing competitions go, I'm done with them but the (I'm A Celebrity ...) jungle in the future, I would love to do that.

"I would love to live in the jungle for a month. I hate snakes and spiders but I've always watched it and thought that would be so cool to do."

Kevin is riding high after his win and the news that his single All You Good Friends worked its way into the Top 10 on release, but he admitted it's "unrealistic" that it would become the show's first number one single, especially given its Saturday release (sales are counted from midnight on Friday).

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Kevin looked emotional as he beat Jolan as the final series before the show moves to ITV (Guy Levy/Wall to Wall/BBC)

He said: "No, I don't think that's a realistic aim coming out the show. I'd be grateful for it to chart as well as it can, not just for myself but for everyone on the show because it would be a nice send off to have a successful winner's single off the back of it.

"I could never imagine being in the top 40, never mind the top 10 ... if it can stick there or around that area, it would be a massive achievement for me."

Kevin said he hopes he can get in the studio with his Voice coach Ricky Wilson for a future single, having won over fans with their performance of The Killers' Mr Brightside on the show.

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Kevin and coach Ricky Wilson performed together (Guy Levy/Wall to Wall/BBC)

The Voice offered a second shot at stardom for Kevin after finding that even two Brit Award wins and a number one single with band Liberty X - formed from the loser of Popstars - were not a golden ticket to lasting fame.

He said he is "not bothered" by the naysayers who predict that, like other winners of the show, he is doomed to fall back into obscurity again.

"I know there are no guarantees this is going to work out but I know one thing, that I'll work my hardest to make it work. For those people, that's fine and hopefully I'll prove them wrong, but they can carry on for all I like because I'm not listening to them."

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Kevin (right) with his former Liberty X bandmates (Chris Young/PA)

He said he would "never say never" to doing a one-off reunion gig with Liberty X but added: "I didn't go on The Voice to resurrect the band."

He said: "There's no way I took this risk with that in mind, this is about going forward and trying to do my own thing and make it a success, as much as I loved being in the band."

His biggest wish now is to thank those who voted for him.

"I'm definitely going to embrace (fame) ... If people who voted for me were to come and meet me in the street, I would absolutely love that and encourage that because I want to say thank you."

Kevin's single All You Good Friends is out now.