A PRESTWICK musician has shot to fame after appearing on The Voice UK – stunning celebrity judges and sailing through to the next round.

Jérémy Levif, 29, appeared on the popular ITV talent show on Saturday night [January 2] performing ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by the Waterboys after securing a blind audition in front of artists Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, wil.i.am and legendary singer Sir Tom Jones.

The languages teacher at Wellington School in Ayr, originally from Lyon, even put his own twist on the song by adding in a verse in French – a move that was met with high praise and open mouths as all four judges slammed their buzzers and turned round to see the man behind the voice.

Jérémy, who normally gigs at venues such as The Red Lion and Buzzworks Holdings, described how he was approached by the hit programme after they spotted a video he posted online during lockdown.

Ayr Advertiser: Jérémy performing on The Voice UK on Saturday night where he turned the heads of all four judges.

He said: “The Voice in France asked if I’d be interested in auditioning, then someone from The Voice UK saw another video and contacted me with the same purpose.

“I had auditions through Zoom and luckily the UK one invited me for a call back audition in London. A few weeks later they said they’d love for me to be on the show.

“I didn’t expect it at all. It was amazing because it gave me something to be hopeful about musically as I’ve had no gigs throughout the year with the pubs being closed.

“We did rehearsals before the show so I was really confident with the song but obviously when I stepped on stage it was so nerve-wracking. You’re singing with the hopeful expectation that one of the coaches are going to turn. There’s so much at stake.”

With his pick of the bunch, Jérémy chose Black Eyed Peas Star wil.i.am as his mentor and is looking forward to the electric partnership.

The Frenchman said: “I like all of the coaches, they’re all amazing so I just went with my gut feeling.

“The reaction in Ayrshire has been amazing. I’m so overwhelmed and grateful for the support. The amount of messages I received after the show aired on Saturday was amazing.

“I’ve had former pupils message me and say how proud they are of me. I have even had relatives from London, the Caribbean and the US who have caught wind of what is happening so it’s nice it’s resonated with people from different countries.”

The Voice UK is on Saturdays at 8.30pm on ITV.