Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Male on Monday - Stevie McCrorie

Editor Ali Williams is talking about this week's winner of The Voice UK for the Pink Heart Society's Male on Monday this week...

I've been following The Voice UK since its introduction four years ago. I've followed the singers as the go through ups and downs, and this week I've fallen a little bit in love with this year's winner.

My fiance and I have been curled up on the sofa every Saturday night for the last couple of weeks, passing judgement, yelling at the tv and, on occasion, shedding the odd tear (me not him).

And then Stevie McCrorie came on screen.

His blind audition literally took our breath away, and by the second line of the song, Chris predicted that he'd win.  He'd taken a little known song by Kodaline, and sent shivers up and down our spines.

So yes, he's an incredible singer.

But it doesn't stop there.

He's got a discernible Scottish accent (Outlander anyone?!) which comes through in his singing, giving him a raw edge.

And then, of course, there's the fact that he's been working as a firefighter before he auditioned for The Voice.

Heroic much?! 

His winning single, Lost Stars, was released on Saturday night and hit number one in the iTunes downloads charts within 24 hours.  All profits are going to charity.

Rarely has someone so nice and clearly deserving won a reality talent tv show.  I'm so used to being cynical about these kinds of things, that this has made me smile.

And who isn't more deserving of a romantic hero mantel, than a firefighter-turned-singer?

Have you been following Stevie's journey?  And have any other reality television show winners inspired romantic heroes in your novels?

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls' school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, #StrongRomanceHeroines and women in society and spends an extraordinary amount of time coercing male friends to pose with her favourite Mills & Boon books to the bemusement of the Twittersphere.

Passionately vocal about the wonders of romance, Ali defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

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