Chris Royal has revealed that he went into The Voice UK battle rounds fighting his emotions rather than another singer.
Tomorrow night we'll see Chris singing off against Jamie Lovatt in a head to head musical duel as the remaining acts compete for a spot in the knockout stages.
But Chris revealed he almost had to pull out of the competition after his dad died just before his performance.
"The battle round was a weird one for me, because just a few days before the battles my dad passed away," Chris revealed today. “I’ve not spoken about it before now, because I didn’t want it to be seen as part of my story."
He added: "It was a huge shock, but going into those battle rounds it was so hard, because naturally my mind was thinking about something else. But I knew I was doing it for him.”
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Chris went on to tell how he was rather worried when mentor Ricky paired him off with Jamie Lovatt
He said: “It was a challenge to be up against him, I’m not going to lie. He has an incredible voice and rock edge.”
But Chris is still happy he chose the Kaiser Chiefs frontman back during his blind audition, explaining: “I’m so glad I chose Ricky as my mentor, he’s so supportive, and has been just like a brother to me.
“When I chose Ricky in the first round my mum was like: ‘why didn’t you pick Kylie or Sir Tom Jones?’ she didn’t understand it, but for me Ricky was the most genuine and down to earth. Whatever happens in the future, I feel like we will stay in contact, he’s that kind of guy, and he really believes in me.”
The Voice UK airs tomorrow (Saturday) night on BBC One from 7PM.
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