The Voice UK: Where the finalists from the first series are now from number 1 hits to ‘huge flops’

It’s arduous to consider that The Voice UK, a present designed completely for mums, as soon as positioned itself as The X Factor killer.

And but, 9 years in the past, in 2012, that was what it regarded like – the spinny chairs, judges who might sing rather well, gifted contestants. It all appeared to be there.

Sadly, when it was obvious the judges had been a bit remiss to provide any criticism to contestants, and that stated contestants had been all principally theatre youngsters, the present misplaced its attraction to anybody beneath the age of 30.

It is probably no shock the present as it’s now now not considerations itself with producing a bonafide star and has as a substitute settled into being a pleasant look ahead to boomers who like a little bit of karaoke on a Saturday, however no matter occurred to that first wave of contestants?

Did something develop into of them? We discovered.

Ruth Brown

Ruth was the favorite to win till she did not

Mentored by Tom Jones, Ruth was a scorching favorite to win The Voice till she was booted out in the semi-finals in favour of Leanne Mitchell.

In truth, so perplexed by this flip of occasions was Tom, that he frequently referred to Ruth whereas critiquing Leanne in the last.

Ruth continues to be performing and has been singing exterior Tube stations in London throughout lockdown and she will be able to nonetheless very a lot sing.

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Vince Kidd

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Vince was large on the YouTube scene earlier than and after the present

Mentored by Jessie J, Vince’s wobbly (and barely bizarre) model of Madonna’s Like a Virgin will all the time reside rent-free in my thoughts.

After the present, Vince made a go of releasing his personal music, even roping in Vanessa White of The Saturdays fame to assist him out.

He even co-wrote a track that ended up on the debut album of X Factor alum, Andrea Faustini.

Vince has since rebranded as Billy Blond and revealed he has been identified with a hereditary eye situation which suggests he’ll slowly lose his eyesight.

As Billy, he is nonetheless making a go of the business and was not too long ago featured as a BBC Introducing artist.

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Max Milner

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Max was principally Danny 2.0

Mentored by The Script’s Danny O’Donohgue, Max was basically Ed Sheeran however with a hat.

These days Max continues to be performing and has about 12,000 followers on Instagram.

He’s managed to launch some music too and even has an album out (it is known as “Chapter I”).

Jaz Ellington

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Jaz’s rendition of Ordinary People had an influence on the Official Chart

Jaz’s shifting rendition of John Legend’s Ordinary People was certainly one of the standout moments of the series, shifting to tears.

Like Ruth Brown, music instructor Jaz was a favorite to win till he was pipped to the last by Tyler James.

In 2018, Jaz discovered himself on the BBC once more, performing a track for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You competitors, his entry You was really written by X Factor alumna Laura White though it was not chosen.

In 2019, Jaz supported Emili Sandé on tour, which is neat, though not a lot has been heard from him since then.

Leanne Mitchell

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Oh Leanne, poor, candy Leanne

To the shock of everybody watching Leanne someway managed to win The Voice UK with a canopy of Whitney Houston’s Run To You.

She would go on to launch a self-titled album, which reached 134 on the official chart, which I consider is a tough place to attain even should you’re giving freely your album without spending a dime.

It was described as a “large flop” and Leanne was promptly dropped by her label.

These days, Leanne is acting on cruise ships, though she has gotten married and had a child so swings and roundabouts.


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Becky Hill

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Becky on stage at Fusion Festival

To date arguably The Voice’s solely actual success story, Becky Hill has made the most of the platform present gave her.

Despite being voted off in the semi-finals, the Jessie J-mentored contestant went on to rating a number one hit as the featured singer on Gecko (Overdrive) by dance artist Oliver Heldens.

You may also in all probability recognise Becky’s voice from a slew of different dance hits, reminiscent of Wilkinson’s Afterglow (UK #8) and Meduza’s Lose Control (UK #11).

Becky’s solo profession correct has been a stop-start affair, with promising singles below her personal identify usually failing to chart, however a current observe Heaven on My Mind, reached #14, so she might but have her second in the solar.

Bo Bruce

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Bo Bruce performing along with her mentor Danny

A cursive singer with sufficient quirky vitality to make Diana Vickers weep, Bo was maybe the poshest contestant on the unique series.

After ending in the prime three, Bo went on to launch her personal music and in 2013 wound up on the Star Trek Into Darkness album.

Bo’s relationship along with her file label then reportedly deteriorated and she or he and Mercury Records parted methods in 2014.

These days Bo continues to be placing music about, largely in collaboration with a dance artist who so occurs to be her husband.

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Tyler James

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Tyler was a pal of Amy Winehouse

Initially, a minimum of, Tyler appeared to be the Voice alumnus with the finest probabilities of post-show success, as being mentored by is probably a greater asset than having Tom Jones in your nook.

An preliminary single, Single Tear, reached #28 on the UK charts and his debut album cracked the prime 50, which is best going than Leanne Mitchell, to be honest.

In 2015, Tyler appeared in the movie Amy, discussing his late pal Amy Winehouse.

Beyond that, sadly, Tyler does not appear to be up to a lot. Ah nicely.

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