The Voice 2014: Irish Mairead and London lad Jermain impress coaches

A bubbly Irish singer and an aspiring London politician were among those who made a big impression on the Voice coaches during the second round of blind auditions.

Mairead Conlon – a former contestant on The Voice Of Ireland – and Jermain Jackman both won places in the battle rounds following their powerhouse performances on Saturday night.

And the excitement all got a bit much for Mairead, who gabbled incessantly after wowing the panel with her rendition of Prince’s hit Purple Rain.

“This is the most exciting thing to happen ever!” she shrieked  as she won a place on Team Tom Jones after sparking a furious bidding war among the coaches.

The others couldn’t hide their enthusiasm either, with Kylie Minogue telling the 31-year-old: “I am still trying to recover from that wall of sound. Where does that come from? You’re tiny. You are like this little phenomenon!”

Meanwhile Tom Jones added: “That is a big song. It’s an iconic song….Prince, that’s a big thing to do. You were hitting some big powerful notes and I thought I had to push my button.”

The very end of the show saw Jermain making his bid to impress the coaches – which he did in style with a stylish cover of the Dreamgirls song And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going, winning a place on Team Will I Am for his troubles.

“I was telling Ricky to go but I thought you were too good to walk,” Will explained.

“I think you are supposed to be on my team so we can come up with things we could do together on the philanthropic thing, while we are doing the singing stuff. It’ll be crazy fresh. This is dope!”

Saturday’s show also saw former Emmerdale actress Kelsey-Beth Crossley join Ricky Wilson’s team after her rendition of the Joss Stone hit Fell In Love With A Boy.

The 21-year-old, who played Scarlett Nicholls on the soap for five years before leaving in 2012, was told by the Kaiser Chiefs frontman:  I think I would be in the lead if I had you…I have never been an actor, so I can’t lie to you. I need this.”

Others making it through included vintage clothing fan Sophie May Williams, painter and decorator Jimmy Weston and 19-year-old Jamie Johnson.

However rocker Lewis Clay, 55-year-old hopeful Bob Blakeley and would-be performer Miles Anthony lost out on the chance to reach the next stage – with the latter sobbing on stage after making a mistake during his performance which cost him a place in the contest.

The Voice will continue on BBC One next Saturday night.