Kirkcaldy’s own singing firefighter Stevie McCrorie received a hero’s welcome to the town during a special homecoming visit on Monday.
The 30-year-old was surrounded by excited fans as he embarked on a whistle-stop tour north of the border - firstly dropping into his hometown of Alva before heading to the Lang Toun to meet supporters.
Stevie was filmed by a production crew from ‘The Voice’ ahead of the show final on Saturday.
The local firefighter, who is a member of Blue Watch, made Kirkcaldy Fire Station his first local port-of-call as he met up with work colleagues.
Craig Robertson, watch manager, joked with Stevie telling him: “Maybe you will be in One Direction by the end of the week!”
Craig told The Press he hasn’t seen Stevie for a few weeks due to his filming commitments for the show, but said: “We were quietly confident he would make it to the final although we did get a bit nervous watching the semi-final results on Saturday night!
“Stevie is the youngest, the probationer of the Watch and is affectionately known as ‘The Bairn.
“He has been on the Watch for over a year but when I met him I didn’t know just how good he was. He has blossomed into the contestant you see on the show.”
Craig revealed the young firefighter has been so popular that fan mail has even been arriving for him at the Dunnikier Road station.
“When we are out in the fire engine people are looking for Stevie in the back and when community groups have come to the station they have been asking if he is there.
‘‘We have even had fan mail arriving here for him - a letter arrived from abroad just recently!”
Craig added: “We are all very proud of him and wish him good luck for the final.”
Stevie then headed to Beveridge Park where he signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans who had been waiting patiently to catch a glimpse of the popular performer.
During an interview there with Press, the father-of-one revealed he is actually a real lifesaving hero as he saved an elderly man’s life in Kirkcaldy before appearing on ‘The Voice.’
“It was an elderly guy who had fallen asleep and was unconscious on the floor. I pulled him out the building along with one of my fellow firefighters,’’ Stevie said.
‘‘It was in a small downstairs flat. The fire was on the couch. It happened just days before the show’s blind auditions.” He thanked all the fans who have backed him throughout the competition. “The support has been unreal and it doesn’t feel real. It feels like I’m living a dream.”
The story so far...
Stevie’s ‘Voice’ journey began last year when his colleagues at Fife’s fire headquarters applied for him to appear on the show - he didn’t have the courage to do it himself.
June 2014: Stevie got a slot at the open auditions taking place in Glasgow from 40,000 original applicants.
He got through and successfully secured a place in the blind auditions.
January, 2015: The Kirkcaldy firefighter appeared on our screens for the first time in the series opener performing Kodaline’s “All I Want” for celebrity judges Will.i.am, Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and Rita Ora.
His performance was so good, it persuaded all the coaches to turn round. He chose Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson to be his mentor.
February, 2015: Stevie’s second appearance in the ‘Battles Round’ saw him perform “Demons’ by the Imagine Dragons in a sing-off against fellow team member Tim Arnold - and Ricky chose the young firefighter to go on to the next round.
March 2015: Stevie gave a show-stopping performance of the U2 classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” to make it through the Knockouts Round and make the final three in ‘Team Ricky.’
March 21: In the live quarter-finals, Stevie performed “All Through The Night” by Cyndi Lauper and got a fast pass through to the semi-final.
March 28: Stevie performed “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis and “Stay With Me” by The Faces alonside fellow contestant Emmanuelle and mentor Ricky Wilson. He won the public vote to reach the final.
The winner’s single will be a cover of “Lost Stars” which was originally performed by Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5.
The winner of ‘The Voice’ will release the single on Saturday night.
Stevie’s revealed his favourite moment of the competition so far has been his blind audition when he performed his own version of Kodaline’s “All I Want”.
He said: “When I went in to the blind audition I feared rejection with the judges not turning around, but last week (at the semi-final) it was the most tense I have felt so far.
‘‘ It was the first of me relying on the public vote but luckily I got through. If I win, I will need to take the risk and go for a career as a musician. I think I have the right work ethic for it and I would work hard. I would dedicate everything I could to be a successful artist.”