The Voice UK Blind Auditions continue today (Feb 16) 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.
The Blind Auditions conclude tonight! There are only a few spots left on the coaches’ teams.
Shivon Kane – ‘Fine Line’ by Mabel & Not3s – 19 year old part time restaurant worker from London. She works at an American style burger shop and is very close to her little sister. She performs with a lot of energy, even if she’s got a few pitch problems. She’s more fun to watch than listen to. She breaks out some rap. Ohhh. These pitch problems could sink her. As she hits a super off key high note, we see a hand move away from a button. But then Will turns at the last minute. He turned because she gave it her all despite the lack of turns. Tom said he was on the edge, but he wants to be careful with only a couple of spots left. The six year old sister comes out on stage and she compliments Will’s shoes, while she gives the rest of the panel hugs. Team Will
Will’s Team is filled. And to celebrate, he performs “I Got a Feeling” for the audience. He changes the lyrics: “I got a feeling that Will is going to crush everybody’s team!
Amy Hawthorn – ‘Best of My Love’ by The Emotions – 29 year old singer from Livingston Scotland – She started singing at pubs and clubs. She’s been singing for awhile now. She’s the Legion Scotland Sweetheart, which appears to be some sort of veteran remembrance group. She and her mom are very close. This is an odd choice, especially for a singer who isn’t particularly soulful. She could have picked a song that showed off her voice more. She strains on the high notes. Honestly, she’s sounds like a bar singer–nothing special. And indeed, poor Amy receives No Turns. Aw. She’s crying. Olly compared her to a date that had no spark. OOF.
Philippa Akers – ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Rufus & Chaka Khan – 27 year old warehouse manager from Milton Keynes. She’s been at her job for five and a half years. She’s decided to make the leap–leave her job to become a full time singer. Philippa puts a heavy rock spin on this 70’s soul classic. Not sure I like it, but at least she’s playing with new arrangements (unlike Amy before her). She’s got a strong voice, but seems nervous. Again No Turns. Jennifer is looking to fill her last spot with a male. Tom felt the rendition wasn’t as good as the original. Olly felt she was trying too hard. Tom agrees.
Since Will’s team is a filled, he decides to sit in the audience…
Ayanam Udoma – ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis – 27 year old from Manchester. He’s been living in Manchester for only a couple of years. He does open mic nights, but it’s hard because he’s an introvert. Oh, he’s got an interesting voice. It’s not what I expected at all. It’s folky, but with a soulful twist. The coaches will be surprised to see a black artist–if they turn. He’s sounding a little nervous. Wow. His hand is trebling. I sorta like this guy, though. And Tom turns! He turned because “I think you have a very interesting voice.” Ayanam is VERY shy! He admits, “I can’t stop shaking.” and “I’m going to faint if I try too hard.” Will said he went berserk when nobody was turning. Olly thinks he will only get better in the competition. Team Tom
Kieron Smith – ‘Drops of Jupiter’ by Train – 26 year old from Liverpool. He designs pylon circuits. He loves his job! But also loves music. At 20 he decided to gather his confidence and step out front with his music. He’s got a nice tone and decent phrasing. He could have picked a more compelling song. Boring 90s pop… When he hits a big long note, Jennifer hits her button. And she fills her team with a guy, just as she was hoping. Will assures him he has THE best coach. Olly thought the song choice was brilliant, but he wanted more emotion. Jennifer thinks Kieron has a “great great voice.” – Team Jennifer
Team Jennifer is FILLED.
Chloe Jones – ‘Call Me’ by Blondie – 25 year old from Manchester. She works as a waitress and is a huge daydreamer. Her parents support her music ambitions. She sings an acoustic version of “Call Me” on guitar. She has an interesting dark tone, and I kinda like what she’s doing with the arrangement. But it’s not the kind of thing that will go places. Where are the big notes? Only Tom and Olly have spots left, so it’s tough! Olly thought it was good, but “I don’t know…” he says. Tom says “I needed just a little bit more.” – No Turns.
Ryan Simpson – ‘New Shoes’ by Paolo Nutini – 25 year old from West Wales. It’s time to montage. A bit of Ryan talking, a bit of his unremarkable performance and No Turns Olly and Tom are waiting for something more.
GGMK – ‘Forget You’ by CeeLo Green – Duo consisting of Georgia and Missy, both 17 from County Dublin – OH THESE TWO ARE TERRIBLE. Making it worse, Missy’s dad is Ronan Keating from the popular boy band, Boyzone. EEP – No Turns.
Rainy Hall – ‘Run to You’ by Bryan Adams – 32 year old from Essex. “Music runs through my veins. I feel it’s my time,” Rainy says. She has a big voice. If it were earlier in the round, she’d definitely get a turn. But she does not. Her family is really upset. Tom is regretting not hitting his button – No Turns
Lauren Hope – ‘Addicted to Love’ by Robert Palmer – 20 year old from Blackpool. She works part time at a big box store. Her family ran pubs. It’s how she started singing. She’s got a deep muscular voice. She modernizes “Addicted to Love” in an interesting way. She could use a little more energy, however. I bet Tom turns for her. NO. It’s Olly. Olly turns! His team is full. Her youngest sister comes out on stage to say hi. Will is her favorite coach. She runs over to press the button. – Team Olly
Team Olly is full!
Marina Simioni – ‘Show Me Love by Robin S. (Sam Feldt Version) – 27 year old from London. Welp. She’s obviously Tom’s last singer! Marina is from a big Italian family. She’s proud to be Italian and knows how to speak the language. She lives with her boyfriend Gio and her dog. She brings her pug to the audition. Good song choice. She does a thing with her voice–she hits an extremely high note and holds it. She’s hopping around her range TOO much. Good range. Bad phrasing. She even throws in some beatboxing. TOO much. However at the the VERY LAST MINUTE Tom hits his button. “I will never forget this audition,” says Olly. She brings her dog on stage. SUCH A GOOD DOGGO. She’s classically trained. She decided to combine all the styles she sings into one performance. I hope Tom advises her to stop that. Her mom, who is a “massive” Tom Jones fan comes down to meet him. – Team Tom
All the TEAMS are full. Next week, the Battles begin.