The Voice UK returns to our TV screens this evening and the first artist to take to the stage on the launch episode of the 2014 series is hopeful, Lee Glasson. The 31 year old performer wouldn’t have gotten through to see the coaches without a very strong voice but he has a unique style too, as you’ll see from tonight’s show. Lee doesn’t take a song and just sing it, he likes to put his own spin on things.
This week, Unreality TV had the opportunity to catch up with Lee before he makes his TV debut and he filled us in on why he decided to sing for Kylie Minogue, Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am and Tom Jones and how he went about picking the right song.
Glasson considered trying out for ITV’s X Factor but in the end felt that The Voice had a little more artist integrity and he hoped that the mentors would ‘get’ what he does more than those on any other show.
He explained: “With these shows, I always thought it would be something I’d never go for as I’ve always been in bands and I did’t feel that these sorts of programmes were really appropriate for what I was doing.
“But, I actually watched The Voice last year and I loved it. I love the concept of the show and by the end of watching series 2, I was sort of won over by it as I think there’s a bit more artist integrity in it than any of the other shows. Some other programmes are only really for pop artists and they don’t really suit what I want to do. So, I watched the show last year and I just happened to apply online. I wasn’t certain I was going to go for it, but I put my application in and they came back to me with an audition date and up until that morning, I wasn’t going to go, but I changed my mind on the day and went down and gave it a go. The rest is history”.
Speaking about what it was like to perform for four superstar coaches, Lee told us that it’s “unlike anything else you’ll do in your life” as you’re being “judged on your voice alone”.
He added: “You never know how that’s going to go down as they don’t know what you look like, you don’t know what the musician is in their head, there’s so many things to take on board and so many things to think about before walking out on that stage. It’s absolutely petrifying. You don’t know what the outcome is going to be, it’s just a really bizarre experience to anything I’d have imaged to be honest”.
On this evening’s show, Lee takes a very popular and very well known song and puts his own spin on it. He changed it up so much that for the first verse, most of the coaches didn’t recognise the track at all.
When we asked him if he was concerned about people ‘getting’ the rendition of the song and the spin he put on it, he said it definitely was a concern for him, however he considered it a necessary risk.
“It was obviously a massive concern of mine, but I didn’t want to go into this and not make an impact. I thought whether or not it works, I want to do something that is talked about and I took the decision and just hoped that it would work. I felt it was time to take a leap and do something that I would never normally do. I thought that if I was going to go on one of these shows, I may as well give it my all and make my mark on there, so that was the whole idea behind it,” he explained.
The Voice UK airs this evening at 7pm on BBC One. You’ll have to tune in to see if Lee Glasson makes it through to the battle rounds, and if he does, which coach will he go with?