This year’s winner of The Voice UK Kevin Simm has revealed his first single – and it’s actually great.
The original song, All You Good Friends, is very much a ‘winner’s song’ without straying too much into sappy territory. It’s a piano-led ballad that allows Simm to show off his flawless vocals – it is refreshing to see a male singer unashamedly belting and doing runs with his voice.
The 35-year-old singer, who found fame in the early 2000s with pop group Liberty X, beat out Jolan to win the competition. He also performed Stay, Mr Brightside with his mentor Ricky Wilson, as well as his single, at the final. He was watched by his former band mates, who were clearly emotional to see their friend crowned champ.
After his win, he told Newsround: “It’s just given me more belief in myself and given me a massive love back for music and singing. I can’t believe this is all happening to me.”
It is too early to say whether Simm will be able to become the first success story of the BBC show. Past winners Leanne Mitchell, Andrea Begley and Jermain Jackman have all failed to have longevity. Last year’s victor Stevie McCrorie’s first single debuted at number six in the UK charts, but he has also since faded away somewhat.
However, with the song currently sitting pretty at number two behind Drake, this song could put Simm in good steed to make a solid pop comeback.
All Good Friends is out now
Listen to the song below: