It was week 6 of The Voice and the final blind audition. With 7 slots up for grabs with the coaches it was going to be fast and furious.
First up was Adenike singing Sweet Love. Sir Tom Jones was in two minds whether to turn but in the end he kept his button un-pressed.
John Pritchard was next up singing Wicked Game. He had a really intriguing voice and will.i.am was the first and only coach to turn so it was another act for team Will.i.am.
17 year old Letitia Grant Brown sang Bust Your Window and after some thought Jessie J turned and snapped up her 11th act.
Danny Foster from London was a founder member of Hear Say. Singing a new twist on the Spice Girls Wannabe he had his own sound which none of the coaches responded to.
Jay Aston was an 80’s singer with Bucks Fizz, before a coach accident derailed her singing career. Singing Time Is Running Out it was another performance that failed to get a coach to turn. Jessie J felt it was a little flat. Danny O’Donoghue suggested the song choice could have been different.
Moni Tivony performed a Bob Marley classic, No Woman, No Cry and got a full set of coaches to turn. So it was the first battle of the night and Will.i.am came out on top.
Abi Sampa turned from her day job as a dentist to singing Stop Crying Your Heart Out. Danny O’Donoghue turned and Abi became the final member of team Danny.
21 year old Joseph Apostol was originally from the Philippines. As he sang Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow it was Jessie J who turned first, followed by Sir Tom Jones. Joseph went for team Tom which is now complete with 12 acts.
So only Jessie J and Will.i.am have acts left to choose.
Londoner Brett Davison sang Fast Car but he was not the one for either Jessie or Will.i.am.
19 year old Bronwen Lewis was next up. Playing the keyboards and singing Fields Of Gold, partly in welsh, it was an enchanting performance but the coaches remained unturned.
Adam Barron was hoping he would be the one to get Jessie J and Will.i.am to turn as he sang Summertime. At the very last note of the song Jessie J pressed her button and team Jessie was complete.
Sophie Mendoza sang Daddy to try and persuade Will.i.am to turn but he was clearly holding out for something different.
All the power now lay with Will.iam and he remained unmoved through performances by Georgia Thursting, Julie Gorden, Rita Payne, Laine Hines and Gemma Louise Edwards.
When Rob Reynolds appeared we were hopeful that Will.i.am may be able complete his team. Rob sang Wish You Were Here but it was not be for Will.i.am who still couldn’t pick his final act.
CJ Edwards was the last singer so he just had to be the one for Will.i.am. Or did he? Singing Dedication To My Ex Will.i.am pressed his button after 3 or 4 bars. So it was team Will.i.am complete at last. Was Cj the one or was he just the last one? We will find out in future weeks.
So that’s the teams complete with the line-ups:
- Will.i.am: Leanne Jarvis, Matt Henry, Liam Tamne , Cleo Higgins, Leah McFall, Emily Worton, Carla and Barbara, Jordan Lee Davies, Nu-Tarna, John Pritchard, Moni Tivony, CJ Edwards
- Jessie J: Ash Morgan, Danny County, Katie Benbow, Trevor Francis, Alex Buchanan, Lovelle Hill, Lemuel Knights, Sarah Cassidy, Nate James, De Vide, Letitia Grant Brown, Adam Barron
- Sir Tom Jones: Mike Ward, Emma Jade Garbutt, Ragsy, Alys Williams, Elise Evans, Diva, LB Robinson, Jamie Bruce, Cherelle Basquine, Lareena Mitchell, Colin Chisholm, Joseph Apostol
- Danny O’Donoghue: Andrea Begley, Smith & Jones. Nadeem Leigh, Mitchel Emms, Conor Scott, Laura Oakes, Karl Michael, Ricardo Afonso, Sean Rumsey, Alice Barlow, Paul Carden, Abi Sampa
The blind auditions are now over so next week it’s the battles as each team will be slashed in half. Those ejected from the team still have the chance to be saved by another coach. That’s the theory.Let’s see how it works in practice next week.