In week 3 of The Voice we had another 11 new acts hoping to impress the coaches and make it onto one of the four teams.
(Click here to see videos of the successful performers.)
First up was Cleo Higgins, 30 from Manchester. Cleo is a trained pastry chef and former star of Cleopatra. Cleo sang Love On Top. Jessie J was first to turn, followed by Danny O’Donogue, will.i.am and then Sir Tom Jones. All the coaches were keen on her and made their pitches but it was will.i.am that Cleo chose.
Barry James Thomas, 49, from Manchester has had experience performing with a group but wanted to go solo. His family includes actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale. A rocker, Barry sang The Boys Are Back In Town whilst also performing on the guitar. None of the coaches turned so it was farewell to Barry’s dreams. His appeal to Danny by wearing denim on denim didn’t get a chance to work!
Mitchel Emms, 19, from Litchfiled is another rocker who had previously appeared in Stars-in-their-eyes-kids as Kurt Cobain. He sang Best Of You and got Danny to turn quickly. Danny was the only coach to turn so it was another addition to team Danny.
Elise Evans was next up. Aged 18 and from a small town in South Wales she had a big city voice as she sang Something’s Got A Hold On Me. Sir Tom Jones was first to turn; maybe he could hear a trace of the Welsh accent and at the end of the song the other coaches all turned. It was not too difficult a choice and no one was surprised when Elise went for Sir Tom Jones.
Emma Louise Jackson, 23, is a cabaret artist from Blackpool. She sang River Deep Mountain High and really belted it out but didn’t really smash any of the big notes so the coaches chairs went un-turned. Solid but not spectacular. She vowed not to change her cheesy approach to entertaining.
Conor Scott, 18 from Belfast enjoys a bit of busking. His mum and dad want him to go to University but he has his heart set on a music career. He sang Starry Eyed with a husky unique sounding voice as he also played the guitar. Danny O’Donogue seemed very impressed and was the only coach to turn. Conor’s passion for music shone through his performance. He and Danny should get on fine; he even took Danny backstage to meet his mum. Another act dressed in denim-on-denim to annoy Jessie J.
Amy Wilkinson, 27, is from Newcastle. She toured with a girl band for 3 years which then split up in difficult circumstances. Amy sang She Wolf and was clearly a little nervous as she performed. Amy’s voice was pleasant enough but she slightly missed a couple of key notes and the coaches chairs remained un-turned. Sir Tom Jones suggested more gigging to build Amy’s confidence and vocal power.
Diva, also known as Shelley & Maxine, are singers on the North East club circuit. Singing Tell Him they delivered a performance as a duet which persuaded both Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones to turn. ” You are Singers singers” praised Tom. “Nice harmonies” added Jessie J. “Do I look a size 12?” asked Shelley; “No you look like a size oh my gosh” quipped will.i.am. It was another act for team Tom. Good job it wasn’t Team danny as they would have eaten him for breakfast. These girls have a good sense of humour.
Leah McFall, 23, was another act from Belfast. Singing R.I.P. in a quirky and original style she attracted the attention of Jessie J. Will.i.am decided to turn at the end of the song so it was a straight bidding war from the two coaches which was won by will.i.am, much to Jessie J’s disappointment.
Lovelle Hill, 22, is from South East London. A waitress with singing ambitions she performed Diamonds. With a voice full of tone and power, each of the judges toyed with pushing their button before will.i.am, Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones, did. Lovelle went for Jessie J.
Lemuel Knights closed the show. Aged 18 from Sheffield, Lem is a big Jessie J fan and even chose a Jessie J song to sing – Do It Like A Dude. Danny O’Donogue beat Jessie J to the turn but not by much. Sir Tom Jones also turned and despite mentioning he knew Elvis we all knew there was only one person for Lem and he quickly became the latest member of Team Jessie.
After 3 weeks we now have 22 of the 48 acts needed:
- Will.i.am x 5: Leanne Jarvis, Matt Henry, Liam Tamne , Cleo Higgins, Leah McFall
- Jessie J x 7: Ash Morgan, Danny County, Katie Benbow, Trevor Francis, Alex Buchanan, Lovelle Hill, Lemuel Knights
- Sir Tom Jones x 6: Mike Ward, Emma Jade Garbutt, Ragsy, Alys Williams, Elise Evans, Diva
- Danny O’Donoghue x 5: Andrea Begley, Smith & Jones. Nadeem Leigh, Mitchel Emms, Conor Scott