Voice hopeful ‘didn’t tell Wallace’

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Published: Saturday 31st January 2015 by The News Editor

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Jessie Wallace’s boyfriend was so worried about his audition on The Voice he did not tell the EastEnders star he had tried out for the BBC singing show.

Tim Arnold, 39, has been going out with Wallace (Kat Slater) for a couple of years and worked as a musician all his life.

He is the son of Polly Perkins who played Rose Cotton in the BBC soap and counts June Brown (Dot Cotton) as a family friend.

He was dropped from a record label aged 22, on the day his then-band Jocasta’s album came out, and recorded 14 albums on his own but said he kept quiet about the audition because he did not want to disappoint family and friends.

The musician said: ” I chose not to tell any of my nearest and dearest because I’d had let down after let down in my career. Back in 2003, the guitarist from Limp Bizkit called because he wanted me to be the front man in his new band and I was preparing to go and live in LA. But after six months the band broke up – I’d sung and done demos with them and everything.

“You get used to it, so I didn’t want to call everyone up and tell them I was doing The Voice because I’ve grown up with actors around me, and even when you get a part, sometimes you get cut out. Even after the audition I still didn’t tell anyone, because I thought I might not be on television.

“My nearest and dearest – June Brown, Jessie Wallace – they’re all actors who, although successful, they know what it’s like not to get a part. So they understood why I didn’t tell them or anyone else.”

Arnold, who has worked with Gary Kemp, performed on stage with Benedict Cumberbatch and written music for an upcoming Iggy Pop film, said: “I want to be judged on my own merit, not because I’m associated with famous people. June and my mum, they carved out their careers on their own merit and I’ve got to be the same.”

The Voice’s blind auditions involve contestants performing to the backs of the judges’ chairs hoping that they will turn around to face the stage if they like what they hear, but Arnold said he did not find the set-up a strange experience.

He said: “I’ve had so many people in the music industry turn their backs on me and my music. If you can take people turning their backs on you for 20 years, you can handle it in front of four amazing coaches like that.”

Viewers can see his audition on tonight’s episode on BBC One at 7pm.

Published: Saturday 31st January 2015 by The News Editor

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