Saturday night saw the first set of Voice Battles and what a night it was. The culling couldn’t have been more severe as we witnessed countless talented wannabe’s removed from The Voice competition by Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson.
The show opened with a roof raising performance of 'I Knew You Were Waiting' from Team Will’s Jermain Jackman Vs Sarah Eden-Winn. Both were worthy contestants but as the rules state, Will had to eliminate one. In the hope that Sarah would receive a ‘Steal’ Will opted to take Jermain through but unfortunately the ‘Steal’ wasn’t forthcoming.
Next up for Team Kylie was the raspy Jimmy Weston Vs Lee Glasson. Over confident Jimmy who, according to his VT thought he was the dog’s doodad’s, appeared gutted as he lost out to Lee after they performed 'When You Were Young' by The Killers.
Team Tom’s first battle was Talia Smith Vs Sally Barker singing Olly Murs ‘Dear Darling’. Talia started with a couple of bum notes but I doubt it was this fact that saw her out of the competition. Sally Barker is a truly wonderful singer that oozes emotion with every word - in my opinion, there was no competition!
Tila and Tavelah Vs Beth McCarthy was the next battle singing for the approval of Team Ricky. Despite Beth having to compete against two voices she won her battle and will now go through to The Voice Knockouts round.
Second up for Team Kylie was Leo Ihenacho Vs Steven Alexander dueting Leo Sayers ‘Thunder In My Heart’. The successful pairing was so closely matched and as Kylie took through Leo, Tom Jones was quick to ‘Steal’ Steven.
Team Tom’s second Battle consisted of Bizzi Dixon and a very shy Kenny Thompson singing a soulful version of The Beatle’s ‘Hey Jude’. Although the voices were comparable, Bizzi’s stage presence outshone leaving Kenny to say goodbye to the competition.
Confidence outweighed shyness again in Team Will’s battle of Tom Barnwell Vs Callum Crowley. After singing Michael Jackson’s ‘PYT’, Will decided Tom’s performance shone while Callum looked someone awkward. Tom goes through to the Knockouts.
Kylie’s next battle for the knockouts was between South African born Nomakhosi and the quirky voiced Jai. Very different styles of voice left Kylie with a difficult decision however, Kyle takes through Jai while Will uses his one and only ‘Steal’ and bags a grateful Nomakhosi.
Eight battles down and four to go. Enter Kelsey-Beth Vs Emily Adams for Team Ricky. Singing 'Fighter' by Christina Aguilera it was obvious to see the song was more suited to Emily’s voice. That said, ex Emmerdale star Kelsey-Beth didn’t match up to the vocal strength and clarity of Emily and she left the competition teary eyed.
Mairead Conlon Vs Celestine were the next to do battle for Team’s Tom. Performing 'It's My Party' by Jessie J both girls gave it their all but it was Celestine who won the heart and a position in Team Tom.
Next up, the Anna Mcluckie Vs Jessica Steele battle. Returning hopeful Jessica Steele appeared desperate to show her worth and attacked her duet with gusto, fighting back the lump in her throat. Anna, on the other hand, looked calm and in control of her performance which led her in to the knockouts on Team Will. Jessica was beside herself when Ricky used his ‘Steal’ to take her forward in the competition.
Christina Marie Vs Nathan Amzi was the last battle of the night and they closed the show as it opened, with a rip-roaring performance. 'The Power of Love' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was the choice of song which not only bought the house down but also a standing ovation from all four judges.
Ricky’s decision was not an easy one but he finally decided Christina Marie was more worthy for a place in The Voice Knockouts.
Next Saturday, 8th March the rest of the competitors will take to the stage for their battles and according to The Voice odds, the best in yet to come. Rachael O'Connor, Sophie-May Williams, Jade Mayjean Peters, Amelia O'Connell and Iesher Haughton have yet to perform their battles yet they have the best odds for The Voice 2014 win.
Keep abreast of the very latest Voice odds by clicking on the links below. At the moment it is predicted either Will i am or Kylie will be the winning coach buy what do you think?
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