The Voice: Tears and triumphs in semi-final

The eight remaining contestants in The Voice UK have made their bid for a place in next Saturday’s final, in the latest live show of the series.

This week’s show saw members of all four coaches’ teams take to the stage for the first time in the live heats – with another four due to leave the competition on Sunday night as four proceed to the final.

And it was another good week for favourites Ruth Brown and Jaz Ellington, Ruth kicking off the show with an emotional rendition of Christina Aguilera’s The Voice Within which once again produced an emotional reaction in the judges.

“That was an amazing performance, you found the voice within,” Danny O’Donoghue told her, “I think you’re going in to the final.”

Jaz Ellington also fared well with his rendition of The Beatles’ Let It Be, with coach calling the performance “fantastic” – although Jessie J was not so sure. “I thought it was a bit pitchy int he beginning,” she admitted.

It was also a good night for Vince Kidd and Leanne Mitchell, who wowed the judges with their versions of Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black and Whitney Houston’s Run To You.

“You’ve got to be brave to take on a song like that,” Tom Jones told Vince, “It was the right choice to make, you did an amazing job.”

And Danny said of Leanne’s performance, “Every hair on my head and body is standing on end. I feel you may have done enough to beat Ruth Brown!”

Max Milner, Becky Hill, Bo Bruce and Tyler James completed the semi-final line-up – with Max performing The Police chart-topper Every Breath You Take, Becky singing Corinne Bailey Rae’s Like A Star, Bo singing Coldplay’s Charlie Brown and Tyler tackling the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Max’s performance divided the judges, with Jessie J calling the song choice “safe”, but the other two won good reviews.

“I think you’re showing your tone which I don’t think anyone else in the competition has,” Jessie told Becky, while Will told Tyler, “I’m lost for words as I’m really proud of how you did that.”