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Former Love Island star Wes Nelson would love nothing better than to follow in Robbie Williams’ illustrious footsteps.
Wes was catapulted to celebrity fame after starring in the 2018 version of the hit ITV show.
But since leaving the villa the ambitious 21-year-old has made the “difficult” transition from TV to pop star.
His debut single See Nobody was a huge success and his follow-up Nice To Meet Ya is gathering great traction since its release last month.
And although he knows he’s got a long way to go to reach the lofty heights achieved by former Take That legend Robbie, Wes is dreaming big as he looks to make waves on the music scene.
He and Robbie both herald from Staffordshire – and Williams has also been an inspiration.
“Robbie is an absolute legend and is obviously a Stoke on Trent boy, he’s a local boy,” said Wes.
“It’s certainly big shoes to fill, but I’m on my own journey.
“I think we’re on different paths, but I’m sure I’ll get to his stage, hopefully, eventually.
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“My music is the only focus now, it’s what I’ve wanted to do for my entire life. I say that with a whole heart.
“It’s been my biggest dream, so to finally actually pursuing it and living that dream out is amazing. It’s got to be my priority over everything right now.
“I’m just loving it.”
Establishing a TV career his hard enough, but making the leap from the small screen to music has proved a jump to far for many of his predecessors from the celebrity industry have failed to achieve.
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But Wes is determined to prolong his promising career and hungry to see what he can achieve.
“It is a difficult jump and not many people have been able to do it,” reflected Wes, who signed for top record label EMI.
“It was a bit daunting to begin with, especially seeing how many people had tried and not succeeded so well and not got the results they wanted.
“It isn’t as seamless as people think it might be, but it’s happened through a lot of planning, a lot of work and probably about 100-odd songs.
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“There’s been a lot of quality control to get these first two [singles] out.”
“I’ve always been musically-inclined, growing up I’ve always been around music and always been singing.
“Thanks to the show [Love Island] it just gave me the confidence to put it out there – and the chance to show the world what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.”
Wes has already attracted celebrity fans including boxing world champion Anthony Joshua and Hollywood actor Idris Elba.
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He understandably welcomes the support, but it is the backing from industry experts which convinced him he could be successful in music.
“It was good to get the industry experts – and those people so adept in their fields – to give their opinion on the music before it came out,” admitted Wes.
“But you really don’t know how it’s going to turn out, it’s one of them.
“It’s art at the end of the day and art’s interpreted in different ways by different people, so you just don’t know [how it will be received].
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“I’m just so glad it’s gone so well. I’ve had such an amazing response.
“The first single was a beast, so following that up with a second one was a lot of pressure.
“But as of this week’s it’s been absolutely nuts. We’ve done about five million streams in the last week.
“We’re almost at the 20million streams mark, so it’s going to overtake See Nobody, which is obviously amazing.
“It’s blown-up in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it’s streaming more in Germany than it is in the UK right now.”
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And with live gigs on the horizon when the coronavirus lockdown is finally lifted, Wes is aching to take his music career on the road.
The former Dancing on Ice and The X Factor: Celebrity reality TV star was out in London promoting a new range of environmentally-friendly Dott e-scooters, meeting fans and finally getting to share his music.
“It’s been great to get out and see the city and interact with the fans because it’s been difficult to get out in general [because of Covid],” admitted Wes.
“We’ve been trapped away for so long, it’s good to finally get out and see the response in the flesh.”
Dott will be launching their e-scooters rental service in five London boroughs this summer. And, to encourage Londoners to rediscover the city’s stunning landmarks, the company have identified 30 Dott Spots around the Capital, each with a unique QR code to scan for free rides and exclusive discounts!