Kevin Simm has been crowned this year’s winner of BBC talent show ‘The Voice’, beating rival Jolan to take the crown. The 35-year-old is a talent show veteran, having previously appeared on 2001 BBC show ‘Popstars’, where he formed group Liberty X with Michelle Heaton, Tony Lundon, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young.

Kevin SimmKevin Simm has won ‘The Voice’ 2016.

After his victory was announced, the father of two said: "I can't believe it. I'm so grateful to everyone who has voted for me. I couldn't have dreamed this would happen, especially at my ripe old age.” In the early 2000s Simm had enjoyed 10 consecutive top 20 singles with Liberty X. But after the group split in 2007 he had been reduced to £100 a night gigs to provide for his family.

“I had resigned myself to singing in holiday parks, pubs and clubs for the rest of my days. But I just thought I need to just do something,” he said. “I didn’t want to get to a certain age and think I should have given it a shot.”

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Simm was mentored in the competition by Kaiser Chief’s frontman Ricky Wilson. His winner’s single ‘All You Good Friends’ is now available for download. Simm will no doubt be hoping to escape the curse of ‘The Voice’, which has seen the show fail to produce a successful act.

Last weekend it was revealed that 2015’s winer Steve McCrorie had already gone back to work as a fireman after disappointing album and single sales. The show’s unfortunate track record was referenced by coach, after his act Lydia Lucy was eliminated from the competition.

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Promising to work with Lucy in the future, Will said: "Although I love the show, we have to make sure someone is a superstar and in the top 10.” But despite his win last night, Ricky Wilson has already confirmed he wont be returning to the show when it moves to ITV next year.

"This is my last one [series] anyway,” Wilson told The Mirror. "I was going to bow out gracefully. I don't think ITV would want me. They would want to have a totally new show.” It’s still unclear wether Wilson’s fellow judges Paloma Faith, and Boy George will be making the move to ITV.