The first nine singers who will compete in the live finals of The Voice have been revealed following the ‘battle rounds’ which were screened on Saturday night.
And the show saw the four judges put on the spot as 20 of the performers chosen during the blind auditions went head to head with other members of their teams in a bid to make it to the next stage.
The first bout saw Joelle Moses go up against Jenny Jones, singing I’m Every Woman – and faced with the first decision of the night, Will.i.am chose to take Joelle through to the live shows.
“Jenny your voice is so full and you surprised me,” he said, “but you came through Joelle.”
Danny O’Donoghue’s first decision of the night came in the battle round between Max Milner and Bill Downs, which saw Max making it through to the next round – while Tom Jones chose Sam Buttery following his duet with Aundrea Nyle.
Jessie J, meanwhile, chose to take Toni Warne to the next round after a closely-fought battle against Kirsten Joy, singing the Aretha Franklin classic Think.
However she admitted it was a tough decision, saying, “I would be scared to sing with you guys, seriously there was not one note out. You two are probably two of the best female voices I have heard in the UK for ages.”
Danny’s second round of the night saw him choosing Bo Bruce for the finals after she had performed against Vince Freeman, while Tyler James saw off competition from Heshima Thompson in Will.I.Am’s second battle round.
And there was an upset in Jessie J’s second round, which saw favourites Vince Kidd and Jessica Hammond go head to head.
After the pair had performed Rihanna’s We Found Love, Jessie opted to keep Vince – sending Jessica, who had been one of the bookies’ favourites, crashing out of the competition.
“You two were two people that drew me into your voices and I’ve enjoyed working with you so much,” she said.
The penultimate battle saw Jaz Ellington triumph over Jay Norton in Will.i.am’s team, while the final round of the night saw Tom Jones forced to choose between former Five Star singer Deniece Pearson and teenage performer Ruth Brown.
And ultimately it was Deniece who lost out after Ruth reduced Tom to tears with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ No-One.
“You feel the soul from both of them,” he said, “but I think the one who should go to the live shows is Ruth.”
The remaining 11 finalists will be determined on Sunday night’s show.