The Voice finalist Lydia Lucy swaps singing with Black Eyed Peas for minimum wage job

Before lockdown began last March Lydia, who finished second in the 2016 series of the hit talent show, was touring with AJ and Curtis Pritchard’s dance tour. But just two weeks in Covid stopped the AJ Live tour dead in its tracks.

With live music shelved, Lydia, who has supported on tour and sang with the Black Eyed Peas, was struggling to make ends meet.

And focusing solely on music and performing for the past 12 years also left the 27-year-old short of other career paths.

Speaking after Scottish singer Craig Eddie was crowned the 2021 winner last night, Lydia revealed that she needed to make ends meet so took “any job she could find”.

Luckily she was able to find an administrative job that she could do from home. The main downside was that it only paid £8.21 an hour.

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“With no live music throughout lockdown it has hit me financially as well as mentally. I love performing and it’s what I live for.

“I have been grafting hard singing and practising since I was 15. I’ve performed at social clubs and little bingo halls. Literally anywhere that would have me – I’ve done them all.

“We were just getting into the AJ Live tour when Covid hit. I was stuck for options because all I’ve ever wanted to do was sing.

“But I’ve still got to pay my rent and put food on the table.

“Some people might think they’re too good for an admin job but I’ve never been like that. I’m hoping it won’t last forever but it’s a good reality check.

“Being stuck at home has also given me a great opportunity to write and record more music.

“The Game is the latest single – it’s all about how everybody’s got to play the game in life.

“I’m hoping to release another two singles I’ve written before I launch an album.”

Lydia, from Romford, Essex, also spoke about how not winning The Voice was a “good thing” in hindsight.

She said: “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t in it to win it because I was.

“But in a way it was a good thing that I didn’t win because I came out of it unsigned and a free agent.

“After the show I went on to tour with and stood in for Fergie in the Black Eyed Peas.

“If I’d have won I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that because the record label would be controlling everything.

“The 18 months after the show were mental. I really started to break away from being ‘Lydia from the Voice’. Then Covid hit and it took the wind out of my sails.

“The show was great exposure – and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But I was starting to get away from the talent show stigma and be recognised as an artist in my own right.”

Lydia also revealed that she was approached to go on Love Island but turned it down because she is in a relationship.

But if she was single she would consider going on the show because of the “platform it provides”.