The first live show of The Voice UK saw Iesher Haughton, Rachael O’Connor, Georgia Harrup and Emily Adams voted off.
The BBC One show last night kicked off in spectacular style as each Coach gave one of their acts a ‘fast pass’ straight through to next weekend’s live semi-finals and saw four acts leave the competition after receiving the lowest votes from the public.
First up was Hackney’s very own budding politician Jermain Jackman who opened the show in spectacular style singing Bruno Mars’ Treasure. Sophie May Williams from Wakefield gave a spine-tingling performance of Van Morrison’s classic song Moondance. Showing a different side of her performance style, Iesher Haughton sang the upbeat song Rather Be by Clean Bandit.
Up next was Team Kylie – Jamie Johnson performed Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles. Coventry lad Lee Glasson sang a typically ethereal version of the 1970s song Help Me Make It Through The Night by Kris Kristofferson. 17 year old Northern Irish sweetheart, Rachael O’Connor sang McFly’s pop anthem Shine A Light.
Bizzi Dixon kicked off the proceedings for Team Tom performing a truly soulful version of the Stevie Wonder song If You Really Love Me. Sally Barker was up next with her heartfelt performance of To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees. Georgia Harrup sang Brit Awards Critic’s Choice winner Sam Smith’s song Money On My Mind.
Team Ricky rounded up the performances, Chris Royal performed a rousing version of On A Day Like This by Elbow. 18 year old Emily Adams from Blackpool sang Happy by Pharrell Williams. Last but by no means least, Christina-Marie Wickens performed a soaring version of Everlong by Foo Fighters.
The results show kicked off with a show-stopping performance by all 12 finalists singing a medley of their Coaches’ greatest hits. Team Will performed the will.i.am and Britney Spears hit track Scream and Shout, Team Kylie performed All The Lovers, Team Tom performed Burning Down The House and Team Ricky performed the Kaiser Chief’s hit record Oh My God.
Viewers of tonight’s show were also treated to musical performances by American pop rock band One Republic and American R&B megastar Jason Derulo who performed a medley of his latest hits. The following eight acts remained in the competition and will be performing in the live semi finals on BBC One at 7pm on Saturday 29th March: Jermain Jackman, Jamie Johnson, Sally Barker, Christina-Marie Wickens, Sophie-May Williams, Lee Glasson, Bizzi Dixon, Chris Royal.
“You came a long way, you were this shy little girl when you first joined the competition and I have seen you grow. Please don’t stop singing, please don’t stop, you are a bonafide star”. – will.i.am said to Iesher
“It’s sad to lose anyone but Rachael is our little sweetheart, but I’m still with you, don’t worry about that, I am still right by your side.” – Kylie said to Rachae
“I have come further than I ever imagined – thank you so much I am so glad that Bizzi has gone through, he is amazing. So, Team Tom all the way!” – Georgia Harrup
“The past few months have been incredible – being next to Ricky and working alongside him has been amazing – he has been an incredible mentor.” – Emily Adams