When The Voice first appeared on UK television it was hailed as the show that could finally topple The X Factor‘s rule over Saturday night musical reality TV.
And finally here was a show which would do away with all the dreadful acts who made it through the process on the basis of their tragic backstory rather than their actual singing ability. It was supposed to be all about the voice.
But apparently having a good voice hasn’t been nearly enough to bring in any success for the show’s winners over the years. Without fail, not a single one of them has fared nearly as well as their X Factor counterparts over the years.
So let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what the old winners are getting up to these days:
2012 – Leanne Mitchell:
The 32-year-old former holiday park singer stormed to victory in the show’s first series under the tutelage of Tom Jones and then promptly bombed after hitting the charts with her first single at number 45.
Disappointing was the word of the day for Leanne whose follow-up album sold less than a thousand copies in it’s first week and failed to even make it into the top 100 album charts.
According to sources she was dropped from her record label shortly afterwards and ended up back at the holiday park.
2013 – Andrea Begley:
Things got off to a pretty abysmal start for Andrea when will.i.am stormed off the stage when she was announced as winner, claiming his act should have won instead.
The 29-year-old then went on to release her first single which charted at number 30. However, a follow up single only made it to 113 in the singles charts. Her album did fare a little better than her predecessors, landing at number seven in the album charts. And she’s still signed to her record label so that’s something!
2014 – Jermain Jackman:
After the comparative success of Andrea, you might think that The Voice had managed to get its internal process into a better shape to support it’s contestants after the show ended. Plus, his mentor was Jermain.
However it was not to be for Jermain. His debut single only reached 75 in the singles charts while his album barely even managed to sell 600 copies on it’s week of release. How embarrassing.
Things got so bad that Jermain sensationally departed from the entire industry claiming that he no longer enjoyed making music.
2015 – Stevie McCrorie:
Ok, so Stevie still remains a bit of an unknown quantity at this point. The 30-year-old former fire-fighter’s first single managed to make it to number 6 which obviously isn’t anything to scoff at.
Unfortunately that’s basically all we can tell you about his success levels at the moment. His album was actually just released this month so remember to nip over to your downloading/streaming site or music shop of choice to buy it if you enjoyed his performance on the show…