Can Kylie’s act Lee Glasson, 31, be lucky, lucky, lucky as The Voice live shows begin on Saturday (BBC1)?
You once said you’d never go on a TV talent show, so what made you apply for The Voice?
“I’d watched season two of The Voice and thought it was brilliant; I just loved the concept and the idea. Normally people go into these shows as one product and come out as something completely different, but the artists on The Voice seemed to keep their identity, which won me over.”
You sung your own version of coach Kylie’s No 1 hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head at the Blind Auditions. Did you worry the decision would backfire?
“I always knew it was a gamble because I have my own style, which I thought was either going to work well for me, or the coaches wouldn’t get it. I did start to think Kylie might not turn her chair around, but then all the coaches turned, so it was a big risk but it paid off!”
What’s Kylie been like as a mentor?
“She’s ace! She has this aura about her and is constantly dancing around and being silly – the Kylie you see on TV is the real Kylie Minogue! She’s given me such creative control and has told me to just keep ‘being Lee’ – she really gets me and gets what I do.”
Have you done much team bonding, dinners, parties etc?
“Kylie took the team out to St James’s Hotel in London for a meal and drinks and we all got a bit tipsy, especially Kylie. It was really nice to get to know her on a personal level.”
How are you feeling about performing live for the first time on Saturday night?
“I’m used to playing some really bad gigs in front of about two people, so performing for 10 million watching at home will be a new experience.”
Can you give us a teaser as to what you’ll be doing?
“I’ll be looking to take familiar songs and put my twist on them. I want to tug at people’s heartstrings, so I’ll be looking to strip songs back a bit and make it more about the vocal.”
Are you anxious about the public vote?
“Yeah, it’s a completely different ball game now. Kylie has brought me this far, but it doesn’t mean the public are going to feel the same way, so anything can happen now.”
What’s support been like on Twitter and among people you meet?
“I’ve had marriage proposals on Twitter and people out and about have been congratulating me. It’s nice to know that something I’ve been struggling to do my whole life is finally being appreciated.”
Are your family supportive?
“My Nan’s not with us any more, but I’ve convinced myself she’s watching, so I’ll give her a little nod if I get through. She always supported me as I pursued my music dream, so I’d like to think she’s still a part of it.”
What do you hope to achieve from being in The Voice?
“Well, I don’t want to work in insurance any more, that wasn’t the dream. But if I could live comfortably making music and get my music heard by people that would be brilliant!”