The first live show of The Voice has seen the acts from Team Will.i.am and Team Tom Jones take to the stage in their bid to remain in the competition.

And it was a particularly good night for series front-runners Joelle Moses and Jaz Ellington, who wowed both judges and audience with their performances.

Joelle, who kicked off the show, won herself a standing ovation from Will.i.am with her rendition of Mary J Blige’s I’m Going Down – and also scored rave reviews from the others.

“As the first performance of the night, you did Mary J Blige proud,” Danny O’Donoghue told the 21-year-old. “That was a serious level to come in at.”

Will.i.am agreed, saying, “You were concerned about going first but you can’t worry about that because you are the bar setter.”

Meanwhile Jaz Ellington – who had admitted feeling the pressure of being the contest favourite – lived up to expectations with his performance of Etta James’ At Last.

“I wish you’d been on my team,” said Tom Jones who described the performance as “perfect”, while Jessie J added, “I am so happy to be a part of a show that showcases voices like yours.”

Also faring well was 20-year-old Ruth Brown, who rounded off the show singing Oleta Adams’ Get Here.

“If Ruth was being judges on applause then she would win, wouldn’t she?” Tom Jones said afterwards. And an emotional Jessie – who admitted the performance made her cry – told her, “It feels like you did your father proud.”

Meanwhile Leanne Mitchell, Adam Isaac and duo Matt and Sueleen delivered a trio of contrasting performances on Tom Jones’ team.

Leanne impressed the judges singing Pink’s Who Knew, Adam brought rock to the stage with his version of The Foo Fighters’ All My Life, while Matt and Sueleen duetted on Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way.

Jessie said of Leanne’s performance, “I wasn’t sure about the song choice at first but you won me over. You didn’t sing it like Pink and that was the beauty of it.”

Adam, meanwhile, was forced to defend himself after Will.i.am said his performance needed “a little bit more of you rocking out a bit more,” by pointing out he had injured his arm falling off the stage during rehearsals earlier this week.

And Matt and Sueleen scored a hit with the judges, with mentor Tom Jones saying, “They didn’t want to do the song but I’m so pleased they did.”

Tyler James and Frances Wood, both competing in Will.i.am’s team, also did well – the former opting for a sparse rendition of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love and the latter singing the Chaka Khan classic Ain’t Nobody.

Sophie won support from Will despite struggling with the high notes on her rendition of David Guetta’s Titanium. “I’m so glad we talked backstage because each one of you has done your best,” he said. Danny O’Donoghue, meanwhile, added, “I wondered why Will picked you but you did a fantastic job.”

The Script singer was similarly impressed with Tyler James’ performance. “I could go and download that song right now,” he admitted.

The night’s line-up was completed by Sam Buttery, the final member of Tom Jones’ team, who delivered a flamboyant rendition of Erasure’s A Little Respect, surrounded by backing dancers.

“There was a part that was flat,” Will said, “but I don’t care because I just like watching you.” However Jessie was more critical of the routine. “Your vocal is great,” she said, “but I would have preferred to see just you on stage and not the dancers.”

The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show with two acts leaving the competition.