The Voice UK Blind Auditions continue today (Feb 2) from 3 PM EST/8 PM GMT to 4:30 PM EST/9:30 GMT.
Tom Jones, Olly Murs, Jennifer Hudson and will.i.am return to the coaches panel, along with host Emma Willis. The new twist this season is Trios. For the first time, groups of three will be able to audition alongside solos and duos.
Equip To Overcome – ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ by Stormzy – Trio consisting of Gabrielle (20), Yolanda (20) and Shalom (20) from Kent – They sang together in University choir and are gospel singers, hoping to spread the word. They’re still in Uni, juggling The Voice into their schedule. The ladies sing in unison, harmony and there are solos as well. The chorus explodes, and the chairs begin turning–JHud and Tom. Will hits his button last. Jennifer is all about the trios and harmonies! She asks them to sing again, a cappella. Will says they are “glued together so perfectly.” Tom thinks they probably dream together. “You sound like sisters. Very special.” Olly thanks them for taking him to church. Tom says he has nobody like them on his team. “I’d get the best out of you.” Jennifer reminds them that she comes from the same place. Will says he makes happy music and would encourage them to explore different genres. After chatting among themselves they choose Team Tom Jones
What a coincidence! Each of the coaches has a trio on their team… Hm.
Sherie Harthill – ‘Super Duper Love’ by Joss Stone – 37 year old from Southport – She’s a single mom of 3 children. Before she had her kids, she played pubs and clubs. But she put a halt to her singing career after she started a family. She still wants to be a pop star. “You’re never too old to chase your dreams,” she says. She’s actually good! Very soulful, a bit of a throwback, nice tone. Her phrasing is good without oversinging. She’s got a 60/70s vibe going. Somebody should turn! But they don’t. Olly pushes his button, knowing he made a mistake. Aw, her kids are backstage crying. Tom thought she was “too anxious.” – No Turns
Eva Campbell – ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack – 16 year old from Dublin – She’s currently in secondary school. Her pitch is off. She seems really nervous. Interesting song choice, though. I don’t know, there’s something about her tone that’s unpleasant. Youch. She’s so off pitch in her upper register. Olly turns at the last minute. Inexplicable, because that was a terrible audition. Nobody turned for Sherie yet… hm. Tom says she has a “unique sound.” That’s one way to put it. Olly thinks she has an “interesting” voice, adding that he “loves the Irish.” – Team Olly Murs
Khadija – ‘Underwater Love’ by Smoke City – 21 year old part time waitress from London – She works at a mexican restaurant. Free staff meals! Her mom is Brazilian, and very supportive. She realizes she’s chosen a risky song, but she wants to show who she is on stage. This is a very weird song. Very weird. Will is intrigued and hits his button. Actually, this is pretty awful. It’s a bad song and she’s got pitch problems. The yelpy stuff is annoying. Welp. Maybe Will can do something with her. He notes her “eclectic” vibe. Will is super picky and usually the last to fill his team. Olly said he was close to hitting his button. Jennifer claims she almost hit her button too, comparing the performance to Beyonce’s “Baby Boy.” – Team Will
After, Olly and and Will perform a spontaneous ditty.
Craig Roystone – This Is The Last Time’ by Keane – 21 year old musician from South Yorkshire – He lives with his parents, still. He currently plays in a group with musicians he met at university. He should have washed and combed his hair before this appearance. Still, he’s a decent pop rock singer. I have a feeling he won’t get a turn. Rock singers are at a disadvantage on The Voice UK. And yep. Will thought it was wobbly. Tom felt it was good, but not distinctive. No Turns.
Nikki Ambers – ‘Better Now’ by Post Malone – 22 year old dog walker from London – She lives at home with her mother, younger siblings and a ton of dogs. She was signed to Universal at 13 with a girl band. They were dropped when she was 16. This isn’t a great song choice. She has some wobbly moments, pitch wise. She needs a big note to grab attention. She finally has one, and she’s at her wobbliest yet. Both Tom and Olly hit their buttons. Kind of surprised that Tom turned. He says she has “great control…I like what you did with it.” He adds that he doesn’t have anyone like her on his team, and that he’d know how to work with her vocally. Olly calls it “current” and “it sounded like you, with a fresh twist.” He thinks he could stretch her even further. He reminds her that he turned first! Nikki chooses Team Olly Murs. I’m a little surprised. Tom’s pitch was good.
Seth Oraeki – ‘Jealous’ by Labrinth – 17 year old student from Bedford – He studies drama, dance and media. His dad is his teacher and a big influence. He has a beautiful tone and phrasing. He’s a polished singer for his age. He pours emotion in the the performance. And it’s only at the last minute that Will and Jennifer hit their buttons. Will felt some John Legend vibes, but noted some nerves at the end. Jennifer could hear the potential in his voice. She thinks he could settle into his voice, and would concentrate on improving it. Seth pulls off a few dance moves, to show off his versatility. He chooses Team Will
Moya – ‘Grace’ by Rag’n’Bone Man – 27 year old songwriter from Jersey – She lives with her mom and dad. She’s been singing forever and at 22 she wrote an album. She toured with Rod Stewart, Blondie and more. She wanted to write a second album. But things went wrong. She lost her confidence. She put a hold on her career, moved in with her parents in order to build her confidence back up. She’s at The Voice because she’s ready. She’s an obvious pro. She’s got a lovely voice with beautiful phrasing and the ability to push her voice in powerful ways. Quickly, it becomes a 4 chair turn. Jennifer throws her shoe. Tom calls her tone “wonderful” and “passionate.” Will mentions that crazy knockbacks are part of the business. He compliments her breath control. Jennifer could feel her passion and love for music “You’re amazing” she says. Olly says “you took us on a journey.” Her mom wants her to choose Team Olly! Moya picks the person she’s had in her head since day one. Team Jennifer Hudson. JHud finally gets a team member tonight!
Next week: It’s the LAST of the Blind Auditions!