The Voice UK 2013: Karl Michael gets another shot at stardom on Team Danny


Northampton singer Karl Michael has come a step closer to achieving his dream on The Voice UK - having previously been dropped by a record label.

The 26-year-old signed a deal and begun work on his debut album - but was later told by the company that they had decided to pull out.

"People think having a record deal means you've made it. It doesn't," he recalled. "I went from recording in studios in New York to cleaning windows in Earls' Court. In a matter of six months I lost everything."

Karl is now working as a window cleaner by day, and a barman by night, living in a bedsit with a shared bathroom.

"It's a horrible feeling. It's like climbing a mountain, and as you're about to reach the top, you fall," he continued. "I feel like I've taken about five steps back in my life.

"Everything's at stake for me. I've got nothing, all I've got is my voice. I need to prove to myself and my family that I can do this. It's my last shot, I don't want to fail, I'm here to win."

Thankfully he gets his second chance at his Blind Audition, as all four coaches turn for his performance of 'No More I Love You's'.

"I know how that feels, and it's good that you haven't given up," an empathetic Jessie J told Karl. "No-one understands how hard it is until you live it, and how it can all be taken away in a heartbeat.

"I have never worked with anyone with a voice like yours, and I think that's a good thing and a bad thing."

"Mostly bad," quipped Danny O'Donoghue.

"I love your sound, your tone is great, your style is great, you don't sound like you're trying to copy anybody," Tom Jones observed.

"If you did want me as your coach I would just want to find great songs for you and help you along the best I could."

"Before you came here, you probably had a coach in mind that you wanted to turn around. Who was it?" asked.

Karl admitted he had hoped for either him or Danny, with 'sneaky Willie' replying: "See, I'm psychic!"

Much pitching later, Karl finally came to a decision. "Where my head lies with what music I write, I think I'd learn the most from Danny."

After heading off stage, he commented: "I still feel like I'm in a dream. I'm gonna grab this opportunity with both hands and own it."

The Voice continues next Saturday at 8.05pm on BBC One.

Get the latest news

Subscribe on YouTube