New Malden's Vince Kidd reaches Voice final with hopes to win
A former New Malden schoolboy has his heart set on winning smash hit talent show the Voice after the audience voted him through to the final last week.
Vince Kidd impressed with his performance of Back To Black by the late Amy Winehouse, who is his main musical influence, to get to the final of the BBC One programme.
He said: "There is a lot going on this week. I am pretty tried but obviously over the moon but excited really.
"I am looking forward to getting the hard work out the way and getting out there. It’s crazy. It’s been full on."
The 22-year-old now faces tough competition from contestants Tyler James, Leanne Mitchell and Bo Bruce in the battle to be the UK’s next big voice, but will have the support of his mentor Jessie J, who he will perform with for the final on Saturday, June 2.
The former Malden Manor Primary School pupil describes the singing sensation as a "big sister" and said he has become "best friends" with his fellow contestants.
He said: "I think there were quite a lot of people shocked with some of the results, its thrown the competition wide open which is really exciting, it literally could be anyone.
"I would love to win but I would be happy if someone else did because I have got respect for all of them. There’s a really really nice atmosphere around us four."
The self-confessed "misfit" has wowed audiences with his quirky take on bold vocals and classic tracks by musical legends including Whitney Houston, Elvis and Madonna throughout the competition.
He said whatever the result it has been a positive experience and has allowed him a platform to put his music out to the world after penning his first album.
He said: "I can’t believe it; from the beginning when I first auditioned for the show and I was very, very worried about what would happen and now to be standing with some of my best friends in the final."
The final will also feature guest performances by Brit award winner Ed Sheeran and US band Maroon 5.