FORMER Pop Idol Kevin Simm might have been a loser in the second battles round of The Voice - but he's been given a lifeline by Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson.

The Chorley singer was pitted against 17-year-old gospel singer Faith Nelson, as each tackled Spotlight by Jennifer Hudson, before the four coaches.

And while Faith edged it in the head-to-head, in the eyes of Paloma Faith - who said she 'felt sick' at having to choose between the pairing - Kevin was 'stolen' for Team Ricky in the immediate aftermath.

The ex-Liberty X performer had not enjoyed a stellar week, battling sickness during rehearsals.

He said: "It is literally pushing myself to the limit, putting a lot of pressure on myself."

Following the onstage battle, Paloma insisted she felt she could take Faith further in the competition.

Asked to justify his spot on the show moments later, Kevin said: "If you are after someone who is going to five it absolutely everything, and leave it all up on the stage, then I can do that."

All four judges praised the Lancashire singer after the vote - but asked Kevin directly about his confidence issues.

He replied: "I could end up with egg on my face."

Ricky, justifying his 'steal', added: "I really felt Kevin deserved his shot."