The Voice UK's Jimmy Balito almost quit the show following the death of his dad

The Semi Finals: Team Olly: Jimmy Balito.

The Voice UK's Jimmy Balito has revealed he nearly quit the show following the tragic death of his dad.

Semi-finalist Jimmy gave an incredible emotional performance in the knockouts last week, shortly after the passing of his father.


Jimmy's cover of 'High & Dry' by Radiohead saw coach Olly Murs send him through to this week's live shows.

Jennifer Hudson said: "I learnt that the best way to honour your family is to do the best that you can. Your father is extremely proud of you."

But Jimmy has admitted he almost stepped down from the competition in the wake of his father's death.

He told What's On TV: "I think it was 50/50 for quite a while. You think: ‘Is it appropriate that I’m on here? Can they help me and be supportive enough?’

"I know I’m a sensitive, fragile young man, that’s why I’m the sort of artist that I am.”

Jimmy said the reaction to his knockout round performance had been "amazing".


He explained: "The amount of people sending their condolences and saying to me they loved the way I dealt with it and talked about it and I’ve had so many messages coming from people going through the same thing.

“I’ve got this crazy following now and it’s all from awesome people who have connected with me on that level.”

The 23-year-old from Essex previously auditioned for The Voice in 2018.

But he made an epic comeback this year, winning a spot on Sir Tom Jones' team at the blind auditions after singing Higher Love by Steve Winwood.

Jimmy's journey took another turn in the battles where he was eliminated, only for Olly Murs to steal him for the knockouts.

Now he's one of just nine acts in the competition for the live shows.

The Voice 2019 semi-final begins at 8PM this evening on ITV.

It's a single show until 9:45PM with the results revealed in the same episode.


Joining Jimmy on Team Olly is 17-year-old Molly Hocking from St Ives in Cornwall.

Just four of the current group of contestants can make next weekend's live final, where the winner will be crowned. It means we'll be saying goodbye to five in tonight's results.

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