Folk duo are out of The Voice
THE dreams of Canterbury couple Matt Clubb and Sueleen Fletcher were shattered when they were booted off BBC talent show The Voice on Sunday.
Their version of Missing did not prove a hit with viewers.
But the folk duo. who are partners in both music and love, are now hoping their appearances on national telly will still lead to success.
The pair, both aged 34, from Nunnery Fields, were axed from the prime-time singing contest, narrowly losing out on a place in the semi-final.
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Their coach, Welsh legend Tom Jones, opted to send them home along with their fellow "Team Tom" member Adam Isaac after viewers failed to save them in the public vote.
But the couple hope to use contacts they made on the show to release an album and even take on Europe and the States.
Sueleen said: "The whole experience has been amazing.
"To hear someone like Tom Jones say our harmonies are some of the best he had ever heard was incredible.
"He was a very nurturing coach. He did not want to change who we are, which was very important to us. He is a very busy man but we hope to stay in touch.
"We made a few contacts on the show and want to get management on board so we can show what we can do as songwriters."
On Saturday, 5.6million viewers watched the couple adapting to their newfound fame during a visit home.
They were seen posing for photos and signing autographs in Canterbury's High Street.
Matt said: "It was odd so many strangers knew my name. They normally just call me Gandalph."
Sueleen said: "The reaction was phenomenal when we came home. People were asking for photos and autographs, which felt very strange."
The pair sang their own version of Missing, originally a 1994 hit for another musical twosome, Everything But The Girl.
For now Sueleen, who is teaching assistant at Bridge and Patrixbourne School, and Matt, a chef at The Cherry Tree pub, will be putting their jobs on the back-burner to make the most of their moment in the spotlight.
Sueleen said: "We have had such great exposure so it would be silly not to keep the momentum going. After The Voice, we can do anything we want."
But the couple, who are well-known on the district's gigging circuit under the guise of their band Amber Room, insist they have not forgotten their roots. In the past they have played Canterbury's Lounge on the Farm music festival and have won the erne Bay Rocks talent show.
Matt said: "We are looking forward to coming back to Canterbury and doing what we are used to. Now we have had the TV exposure it might mean we are taken more seriously now.
"We hope to play Lounge on the Farm again in July again and maybe some European festivals. But Kent has an amazing music scene. We hope to still be part of it."
The Voice continues on BBC One at 6.30pm on Saturday, when acts from Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue's teams will compete for a semi-final place.