A contentious call on the BBC’s much-maligned fame factory The Voice UK has pulled a reclusive musical legend out of the woodwork.

In this week’s episode, rehabilitated musical theatre star Liam Tamne lost out to quiffy competitor John Pritchard – a controversial choice, apparently, though it’s hard to pick a winner amidst the tsunami of melisma. Not exactly FACT’s ambit, then, but for the fact that an unlikely and august The Voice UK fan has made a rare public proclamation to offer some words of wisdom: Kate Bush.

Taking to her website, Bush has penned a commiseratory open letter to Tamne, telling him to keep his chin up and suggesting his nan would be “very proud”. Bush’s materteral letter reads as follows:

I was sad to see that Liam didn’t get through on the Voice this week. It must be so tough for all the performers who don’t stay in the show.

Liam, you mustn’t be disheartened. You really have a special talent and you’re a fantastic singer. You’ve already been heard and appreciated by a huge audience. Try not to be too disappointed. Just keep going. I’m sure that your nan would be very proud of you having achieved so much. Good luck with all your future projects.

Very best wishes,


Tamne returned the compliment taking to Facebook to write “I love this Lady so much. This is Fantastic. Thank You Kate Bush.”. Oddly enough, it’s not the first time Bush has rallied behind Tanme.

Bush’s last record was 2011’s Director’s Cut, which saw her revisit material from The Sensual World (1989) and The Red Shoes (1993). She was honoured with a CBE last month. [via Pitchfork]



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