The Voice 2016: 'Fix' claims denied after Paloma Faith says saving Kevin Simm was pre-planned

The Voice UK has denied “fix” claims after coach Paloma Faith reportedly admitted arranging a contestant’s progression to the next stage with fellow coach Ricky Wilson.

On Saturday’s show, former Liberty X singer Kevin Simm made it to the knockout stage despite losing to teenager Faith Nelson in the battle rounds.

After their mentor Paloma had declared Faith, 17, the vocal victor, rival panellist Ricky opted to ‘steal’ Kevin from Paloma’s team by hitting his buzzer.

Kevin Simm on The Voice (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)


In Monday’s edition of The Mirror, Paloma is quoted as suggesting the decision to save Kevin was pre-planned and had been “agreed beforehand” with Ricky.

In a statement, a spokesman confirmed the two coaches had discussed Kevin before the recording of the show, which was broadcast on February 5, but the “fix” accusation was rejected.

There is “no truth in this ‘fix’ claim”, the statement said. “The conversation between Ricky and Paloma before that battle record was her asking him to steal Kevin if she didn’t choose him. He did not agree or disagree.”

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)


The Chorley-born singer was one of 24 acts who went head to head in a vocal battle, with the losing act facing the possibility of going home.

Staged in a setting resembling a boxing ring, the pair duked it out for the all-star panel of will.i.am, Boy George, Paloma and Ricky to the song Spotlight by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

After making her decision, millions of viewers watched as Paloma hugged Kevin and said: “You’re gonna get stolen.”

Talking to The Mirror, Paloma said: “Losing Kevin was the hardest battle round ­decision. I wasn’t sleeping because of it. So Ricky and I agreed ­beforehand that he would take Kevin. “The problem I had was both Kevin and Faith were amazing,” the 34-year-old added.

“Kevin’s one of only two acts this series to get four of us turning, whereas only two of us had turned for Faith. But I was really sure about her, so I had to make sure they both stayed. It would have been 100% ­ridiculous to get rid of someone that talented.”

On the show, Ricky explained why he had decided to steal Kevin. “I really felt Kevin deserves this shot,” he said. “I’ve never taken a steal through to the finals before, but he has got a shot.”

The Voice coaches will.i.am, Boy George and Paloma Faith
The Voice coaches will.i.am, Boy George and Paloma Faith (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)

Liberty X won the Brit Award for best British single in 2003 with their chart-topper Just A Little.

They enjoyed several more hits before calling it a day in 2007.

Kevin, 35, went his own way and released his album Brand New in 2008, but he experienced commercial failure as a soloist.


 

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