Leah, Mike among The Voice finalists

The grand finalists for this year’s series of The Voice have been chosen following a closely fought semi-final on Saturday night.

Mike Ward, Andrea Begley, Matt Henry and current favourite Leah McFall will all compete in next Saturday’s show in a bid to be crowned series champion and secure a recording deal with Universal.

The quartet made it through on the strength of the public vote after each performing a solo song and a group number with their coach.

However it wasn’t such good news for Karl Michael, Joseph Apostol, Cleo Higgins and Ash Morgan, all of whom failed to make it through to next week.

The losing quartet took the defeat graciously, with Cleo admitting she had not expected to beat Leah in her round.

“I knew I was going home and I had to bring it this week,” the former Cleopatra singer admitted.

“I didn’t even prepare for next week and I am so happy I am leaving on a good note.”

Meanwhile Ash said: This experience has been amazing and I couldn’t think of anybody better to lose to.”

The four finalists won rave reviews from the judges for their performances – with will.i.am using Leah’s as an opportunity to take a sly dig at last year’s winner Leanne Mitchell.

“It’s very rare you come across true talented singers,” he said following her performance of Killing Me Softly. “She wants to accomplish and be a part of this industry. It’s hard to be in the top ten. 

“We know who won last year and didn’t make it to the top ten and we’re not even finished here.”

Mike Ward also impressed the panel with his rendition of Paloma Faith’s Picking Up The Pieces.

“I have seen you grow through the weeks and Mike has a natural country voice. He’s not copying anybody, he’s doing it like he does.”

Saturday’s show also featured performances from Avril Lavigne and Liam Gallagher’s new group Beady Eye.

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