A pair of former chart-toppers attempted to make their mark on The Voice on Saturday night as the blind auditions came to an end.
Danny Foster – who previously found fame in Popstars band Hear’Say was among the hopefuls aiming to secure a place with one of the coaches in the final stages of the first round.
But despite his best efforts – giving his own spin to the Spice Girls track Wannabe – his attempts to make it big on a second talent show ultimately proved futile with none of the coaches turning their chairs.
“I didn’t turn around because it was good but it wasn’t amazing,” Jessie J told him – who admitted he looked familiar as Danny went on to reveal his past.
“For me, I actually quite like the tone of your voice, the track to me just sounded cabaret,” Danny O’Donoghue said, “I would have got you to sing something with a bit of an edge to it.”
Meanwhile Jay Aston – a former member of Bucks Fizz who was with the band when they triumphed at Eurovision – also failed to prompt a single judge to turn round.
The blonde 51-year-old did her best to show off an edgier side of her personality with the Muse song Time Is Running Out – but like Danny, was sent home empty-handed.
“My advice for coming on the show is pick a song that’s in your vein and really shows you off best,” Danny advised her.
“For me it’s difficult to give you my views on what you should and shouldn’t do,” Tom Jones added, “but you need to control your vibrato. On a lighter note – bucks fizz is my favourite drink!”
However it wasn’t such bad news for everybody who took part in Saturday’s show, with North London dentist Abi Sampa, former X Factor hopeful Joseph Astopol and Preston native Letitia Grant-Brown all making it through to the next stage.
Joining them was Essex boy Moni Tivony, who prompted all four judges to turn round with his rendition of Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry.
The ginger-haired self-confessed ‘Jewmaican’ is no stranger to Saturday night talent shows, having previously appeared as Lionel Richie on BBC One’s short-lived tribute act show The One And Only in 2008.
“To step on stage and sing a Bob Marley song is very courageous,” Jessie said, while will.i.am added: “You added some stuff to Bob Marley that I thought no-one could bring to Bob Marley-land.”
Moni eventually chose a spot on Team will.i.am – which by the end of the show, was the only one with a space remaining.
However the Black Eyed Peas star found his final member hard to pick, rejecting a host of talented singers including Welsh performer Bronwen Lewis and rocker Rob Reynolds.
The latter prompted anger from Danny, who told Rob: “I’m really mad at him” – but will defended his decision, saying: “I truly believe that certain people should be with certain folk and you should be with Danny.”
Eventually will completed his team with the final singer of the night, CJ Edwards.
Next weekend sees the start of The Voice’s battle rounds as the 48 team members go head to head to remain in the show.
A new twist, announced at the end of the programme, will allow the coaches to poach acts who have been rejected at the battle stage – therefore giving them another shot at a place in the live finals.