Russell Watson Responds To His Critics

‘The Voice’ star talks to Classic FM about his life-threatening illness and the difficulties he’s faced since.

Russell Watson has told Nick Ferrari he felt many had written him off after his career-threatening throat operation and two life-threatening brain tumours. In an interview to be broadcast by Classic FM tomorrow (Saturday 25) at 9pm, Watson told us,

“There have been certain people that have written me off over the past four or five years.

“There have been a lot of people that have said, ‘He’s not as good as he used to be, he doesn’t look as good as he used to look, he’s not as strong as he used to be and the voice isn’t quite there any more’. That’s like a red rag to a bull to me”.

Watson is due to release his eighth album, ‘La Voce’, on November 29. According to the singer, it’s the album he’d always wanted to make, an achievement informed by the difficulties of the past few years.

“I don’t feel like a victim any more”, said the star. “I feel like a survivor, and being a survivor is something that gives one real gravitas, real foundation, real strength. I feel a strength inside me now that I’ve never had before”.

You can listen to the full interview on Classic FM tomorrow from 9pm. We’ll also be playing a world exclusive from Russell’s new album, ‘La Voce’.