Sutton restauranteur and singer Steven Alexander put TV audiences through a rollercoaster ride during this week’s edition of The Voice.
The Glasgow-born entertainer, who is an assistant manager at The Junction Bar & Restaurant, Sutton, lost his battle against team mate Leo Ihenacho for a spot on Team Kylie but remains in the show after being given a ‘steal’ by Tom Jones.
According to the rules in the struggle for the ultimate prize of a recording contract each coach is twice allowed to steal the losing contestant of a battle for their own team.
Said Steven: “That was a bit of a rollercoaster. There were so many good singers who would have deserved that steal.
“For him to hit his button like that was utter shock. I was down, thinking my shot was over and I was going home and then that immediate elation- it was an amazing feeling.”
But the talented singer was quick to quash any suggestion of rivalry between himself and Leo during their duo performance of Leo Sayer’s Thunder In My Heart.
“We just decided we would enjoy it,” said Steven.
“We took it seriously because we both wanted to stay in the competition but we just wanted to make it a really good performance.
“But we got on like a house on fire and that is why we were so relaxed.”
But Kyle’s choice of song left him feeling anything but.
“It was quite daunting really,” said Steven.
“It is a massive song and Leo Sayer is a legend. When Kylie gave it to us we were like, ‘what are we going to do with this bad boy?’”
Now Steven (27) will go through to the knockout stages of the show under the care of Welsh legend Tom Jones in the hope of securing one of three places in the final rounds.
He said: “Walking into the room with Tom is like meeting royalty - you do not know whether or not to bow.
“But he is a totally nice, top guy and very welcoming and accepting.
“He has been singing for 50-60 years, so anything that comes out of his mouth you just listen because of everything he knows.”
Although winning the show and getting a recording contract is the ultimate aim, Steven says he really just wants to keep making music.
Meanwhile, the bills have to be paid and he continues in his Sutton day job.
He said: “I cannot go in without someone saying ‘oh my god, you are in The Voice’ but I do not mind meet and greets and photos - it is nice.”