It was a night of mixed fortunes for The Voice hopefuls as auditions continued for a fourth week.
Saturday’s show proved to be particularly good for the female hopefuls, with a trio of singers – Sarah Cassidy, Emily Worton and Laura Oakes – making it through to the next stage, along with opera-singing duo Carla and Barbara.
And among those who particularly impressed the judges was 18-year-old Emily, who bagged herself a spot on will.i.am’s team with her offbeat rendition of Pulp’s Common People.
Although it took the Black Eyed Peas star some time to spin his chair around for the teenager, he eventually made his decision as her performance came to an end.
“You were powerful at the beginning, you were powerful at the end,” he told her. “I think you’re super dope.”
Laura, meanwhile, won a place on team Danny O’Donoghue with her rendition of Florence and the Machine’s Spectrum, with the Script singer telling her: “You’ve got some belt on you.” – while Sarah became the latest girl to join Jessie J’s team following her audition.
“I can teach you breathing exercises that can help your range,” she told Sarah – who also impressed Danny and Tom Jones. “I feel as a female, it’s so important. They don’t know how difficult it is to be a female on stage.”
Elsewhere, will.i.am got in touch with his opera loving side when he took on duo Carla and Barbara – who surprised the coaches by opting to sing The Flower Song from Bizet’s Carmen.
“Have you heard of love at first sight?” he asked. “I was love at first note.”
Tom Jones also attempted to snare the pair, saying: “I don’t know much about opera but I would love it if you would be on my team…it would be my pleasure.”
However it wasn’t such a successful night for everybody, with Tourettes’ sufferer Nick Tatham, Tom Jones lookalike David Kidd, nervous teenager Jessica Steele and singer Alice Fredenham – who was seen sailing through to the next round on last weekend’s Britain’s Got Talent – all failing to make it past the first hurdle.
Despite her voice being branded ‘liquid gold’ by Simon Cowell, Danny and Jessie weren’t nearly so convinced by the 28-year-old.
“Stylistically for me I just felt it was a bit safe, that was the only reason I didn’t turn around,” said Danny, while Jessie added: “There’s a huge difference in singing for singing, and singing to make people listen. It kind of just felt like I was in a jazz bar or in a restaurant, and someone was playing and you were singing.”