It was the first of the knockout rounds on Saturday 1 June and the coaches had to reduce their teams of seven down to three, who will then progress to the live shows. The second knockout round will be shown on Sunday 2 June.
The artists regain a little control as they get to choose one ‘killer song’ that showcases their talents and will give them the best chance to convince their coach that they should progress to the live shows.
Before we start, a reminder of the team makeup for each coach.
Tonight its Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones who will reduce their teams from seven act to three.
Sir Tom Jones was first up. He had the opportunity to send one act straight through to the live shows and he chose Mike Ward.
He then put Jamie Bruce, Cherelle Basquine and Alys Williams together to compete with each other for one live place.
Jamie Bruce opened the knockout, performing Pappa Was A Rolling Stone previously recorded by The Temptations. At 6 foot 5 inches Jamie can dominate a stage and has a powerful voice.
Cherelle Basquine was next up, performing 1+1 by Beyonce. It was a creditable performance but sounded a little flat in places as she sang in a different key at one stage.
Alys sang Everyone’s Got To Learn Sometimes. by The Korgis. Alys has a very distinctive voice which has a hypnotic tone.
So who was Tom going to pick? I preferred Jamie’s performance but Sir Tom Jones put Alys Williams through to the live shows.
Ragsy, Joseph Apostol and Adam Barron were the final three acts competing for the last place on Tom’s live show lineup.
Adam was Tom’s steal in the battle rounds. He chose Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney and Wings.
Ragsy chose Local Boy In A Photograph by The Stereophonics. A Welsh song choice for a welsh rocker. Ragsy really went for it.
Joseph was the last of Tom’s trio, performing A Song For You by Donny Hathaway. Joseph has a stunning voice and for me, much though I like Ragsy, Joseph was the one who had to go though. Fortunately Sir Tom Jones felt the same so it was on to the live shows for Joseph. They all performed well but Joseph was exceptional.
So Tom’s live show lineup is Mike Ward, Alys Williams and Joseph Apostol.
We then turned to Team Will.i.am who likewise had to cut his team from seven down to three.
Leah McFall was given a fast track to the live shows by Will.i.am. With the pressure off Leah performed Lovin You by Minnie Riperton, demonstrating why she was given a fast track place.
In the first of Will.i.am’s knock outs Jordan Lee Davies, Moni Tivony and Leanne Jarvis were grouped together
Moni Tivony chose Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder for his performance. It was well performed.
Jorden Lee Davies chose Céline Dion/Meatloaf’s It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. He threw in a few bars of falsetto at the end of the performance to demonstrate his vocal range.
Leanne Jarvis was the last of the trio to perform, singing Alone by Heart.
Will.i.am now had to make his mind up. He said that he had thought it would be Moni but, since Moni’s performance was not as good in the performance as in the dress rehearsals, he put through Leanne Jarvis.
Lemuel Knights, John Pritchard and Cleo Higgins were grouped together to compete for the final live show spot of the night.
John performed Somethings Gotta Hold Of My Heart previously recorded by Marc Almond & Gene Pitney.
Cleo chose Leave Me Alone by Michael Jackson for her performance. Cleo always performs with a huge amount of energy. I am not sure that this song choice was the best for Cleo but she gave it a good shot.
Lemuel Knights closed the Knockout element of the night singing As Long As You Love Me recorded previously by Justin Bieber. It was a great performance by Lemuel but it was not enough to convince Will.i.am who, surprisingly for me, chose Cleo Higgins to go through to the live show. It was not a decision that Jessie J agreed with.
So Team Will.i.am now consists of Leanne Jarvis, Leah McFall and Cleo Higgins.
Tomorrow night’s Knockout phase will see Team Jessie and Team Danny reduced to three acts each.