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The Voice UK airs tonight at 7:45pm GMT (8:45pm CEST, 3:45pm EDT, 12:45pm PDT) on ITV 1.
Tonight, the six members of Team Gavin Rossdale perform for VOTES. Viewers choose two singers and Gavin, chooses the third. Coach will.i.am/strong> performs. Remaining coaches Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson stand by.
Gavin takes the stage with his singers. Diamond is first.
Diamond – Wonder by Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sande – Gavin stole Diamond from Team JHud. She is full of joy and life, he says, and he appreciates her gospel roots. Diamond recently told the press that she is happy to be on Gavin’s team because he is more involved with his singers than JHud is. Oops. She starts her performance from behind the red chairs before making her way to the stage. The song has a gospel feel, which suits Diamond’s style well. There are some pitch problems and the performance could have had more energy, but I like her tone. “What a way to open the show,” says Gavin. Tom says she has the perfect name, “You are a diamond.” Will calls her powerful, graceful and classy. He compares her to the Williams sisters of tennis fame (???). Jennifer wanted a bit more passion from her. I agree.
Sarah Morgan – I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston – She’s a sixteen year old Scotland native. She left school and works at a sandwich shop. Uh that song choice Gavin? She goes off pitch almost immediately. So much warbling. This song is too big for her both emotionally and vocally. She’s obviously scared to death too. That was not good. “It was so sweet,” says Jennifer. “I feel like you made it your own.” She was kind. Tom thinks taking an iconic song on like that is brave. “Any singer would be terrified of that song,” says Gavin. Why did you give it to her, then? Oy. Sabotage?
Carter – Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel – 29 year old rocker who has never heard of “Sledgehammer.” OK then. Gavin coaches Carter to add dynamics to his vocal. Non-stop shouting is not interesting. The arrangement is a bit karaoke, but Carter brings some verve and energy to the stage. Still, he’s at 11 through the whole song. He does need to tone it down. Will can’t wait to hear his own songs. Gavin is thrilled with Carter’s performance. “You sang the best you can tonight.” Jennifer says, “You meant every single word of that.”
Truly Ford – Million Reasons by Lady Gaga – 22 year old student from London. A quirky singer songwriter type, Truly reminds me a little of Florence from Florence + the Machine. Imagine Florence covering Gaga. There are some pitch problems here, not a perfect vocal. But Truly is giving the performance everything she’s got. “I love this girl,” says Jennifer. Gavin thinks Truly keeps getting better and better. “She’s truly at home on this stage.” Derp. Tom noted that her mother wanted her to choose Tom during the blinds. “You should always listen to her mother,” he quips.
Max Vickers – I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor by Arctic Monkeys – Twenty four year old was an X Factor UK contestant a few years ago. The first song they tried was Faith. The next song was Common People. The third song was the keeper. “This is the biggest performance of my life,” he says. I thought his blind audition was really weird. But this song suits him perfectly. I can imagine him fronting an alt/rock band. There were pitch problems, but he totally let loose up there. Which, considering the genre, is all that matters. “What a performer…devastatingly good,” says Gavin. “That’s the kind of energy the show needs,” says Will. Tom confessed that he tried to sing the song once, but realized it was a bad idea. But for Max, it was a perfect choice, he says.
Keziah Rodell – Travel by Coldplay – She hadn’t done that much performing before The Voice. She left Uni to persue a music career. Gavin tells her to listen to every line of the song as she learns it. She’s good. What a great tone. Nice intonation and phrasing. It’s an emotional performance. Best of the night, hands down. “You have a naturally beautiful voice,” says Jennifer. But she wanted her to really open up. The singer was a 4 chair turn. “Beautiful” says Gavin. “That’s my favorite song and I liked your version,” Will says. Tom goes on a long-winded tangent about his Auntie Keziah. What was the point again?
The performances are finished and the vote is open, by landline, text and app! The voting window only lasts through the commercial break.
We’re back from break, and the vote is closed. And now, will.i.am takes the stage to perform “Fiyah.” It’s a song written as an ode to his The Voice UK catch phrase. No really, it is. Will wrote the song just for the show. Lame.
Results time! The singers take the stage to hear their fates. The first singer through to the quarterfinal is…Max. No shock there. The second singer through to the quarterfinal is…Sarah. WHAT WHAT WHAT. She delivered the worst performance of the night. What are they smoking over their in the UK. I guess the Scots support their own, no matter what. Gavin chooses Truly as the third singer to advance to the quarterfinal. WTF. Keziah deserved it. BOO.
Only three more weeks left in the competition, people.
Advancing to the quarterfinals
Truly Ford – Chosen by Gavin