The Voice UK is back for another season, premiering today (Jan 5) from 3 PM EST/8 PM GMT to 4:35 PM EST/9:35 GMT.
Tom Jones, Olly Murs, Jennifer Hudson and will.i.am are set to 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.
Olly Murs, after listing off Jennifer Hudson’s accomplishments…”She’s won everything!” Well..not everything. Heh. After the introductory video, the coaches sing a fun cover of Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams.”
Mike Platt – Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee – He’s a 32 year old firefighter, although his dream has always been to be a professional singer. He has a wife and two daughters. They’re his biggest fans, of course. “Being on the stage is what I want to do.” he says. His lower register is a little wobbly, but when he hits the high notes, he’s more impressive. Will is the first to turn. When he hits a big high note, Tom hits his button. And then Olly, followed by Jennifer. He has a reasonable rock voice, although with pitch problems in spots. He comes from a musical family and has been playing the clubs for years. Olly thought it was a female singer. “I knew it was a guy!” says Will. Olly says, “If you want to win this year, come with me, because I haven’t won yet.” Olly is off to another trainwreck season! Mike chooses fellow Welshman, Team Tom Jones
Heidi Lewis – Lost Without You by Freya Reidings – She’s a 17 year old who lives with her parents. Her voice is delicate and a little ethereal. No one is turning. They’re probably waiting for that big moment. And because it never comes, nobody turns. Oh right. In the UK, if there are no turns, the singer is left awkwardly standing on stage, with no feedback from the coaches. Mean. Heidi cries afterwards. “I’m gutted” she says. – No Turns
Here comes the first trio.
Remember Monday (Charlotte Steele, Holly-Ann Hull and Lauren Byrne) – Kiss from a Rose by Seal – They met in college and 7 years later, they are still together. They do a slightly funky/acoustic version of “Kiss Of a Rose.” It’s a cool arrangement, and the harmonies are very good. Jennifer hits her button first. Olly is next. And then Tom. Will is last. Jennifer asks them to do a little a cappella, she loves their harmonies. She tosses her shoe afterward. She’s impressed, obviously. Olly grabs the shoe–and then sniffs it. Ew. “I’m really excited to see what you do next,” says Olly. His pitches are terrible! They choose Team Jennifer Hudson
Brieya May – Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by the Four Seasons – She’s a 16 year old who has been singing as long as she can remember. Her first time on stage was at age 7. She performs a soulful version of the 60’s classic. It’s very smooth. When I get a minute, I’m going to look for the original cover, because that’s been done before, right? Oh right, this is the Lauryn Hill version. Will turns, and finally at the last minute, Olly. Brieya has wanted to audition for The Voice forever. Will salutes her bravery. When Brieya wants to know which coach is willing to fight for her, Will and Olly drop to do push ups. Pretty sure that’s not what she meant. Brieya, unsurprisingly, choses Team Will
Liam Walker – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac – He’s a 36 year old “tree surgeon.” It’s a very dirty, hard and dangerous job and he’s “not too good with heights. ” Yikes. His wife is pregnant with their first child. He’s super nervous and takes a minute to begin. His voice is unexpectedly pretty. It’s nothing special, but it’s pleasant to the ears. His arrangement of “Landslide” is pedestrian, however. The audience is going crazy, but no turns yet. Or ever. There were just no wow moments in that performance. Oh well. Back to cutting trees. Will and Olly both regret not turning. – No Turns
Peter Donegan – God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts – He’s a 35 year old from London. He lives with his wife and young son. They met on Facebook. Ohhh. His dad was Lonnie Donegan legendary skiffle singer, . He played piano on his dad’s tour. He died in 2002. Well, this is the closest we’ll get to country music on The Voice UK. And oh boy, this performance is really really pitchy. Conveniently, Tom is the only turn. After Peter introduces himself, Tom asks “are you related to Lonnie” as if Donegan isn’t a common name. Turns out that Tom toured with Lonnie and sang one of his songs. This really feels like a set up. The segment end with Peter and Tom singing the song Lonnie wrote for Tom “(It Looks Like) I’m Never Gonna Fall in Love Again”. It’s a nice moment, even if Peter continues to have pitch problems. Team Tom
Molly Hocking – You Take My Breath Away – She’s a 17 year old who works in her mother’s clothing shop. Jennifer calls her a “songbird.” The coaches can’t believe she’s only 17. Olly turned first, followed by Jennifer and Tom. Olly doesn’t have a team member yet. After some prodding, Molly admits she wanted to choose Tom, but has changed her mind. Now her gut instinct is to go with Olly. Well, the desperate lad had no choice but to fight hard for his first team member. I can’t believe she got three turns. Molly stayed on key, but her singing is ordinary. Molly Chooses Team Olly
Nicole Dennis – Never Enough from Greatest Showman – She’s a 24 year old from London. Her mother emigrated to UK from Turkey. Currently, she’s in the Dreamgirls ensemble on the West End. She also understudies Effie. She has a deep strong and soulful alto. Tom, Olly and Jennifer turn. But obvs, she’s destined to end up on Team Jennifer. “You ripped it,” says Tom. Jennifer becomes very excited, “I’m a sucker for ‘Never Enough’,” Jennifer gushes. Olly is gloomy, “This is pointless.” And of course Jennifer joins Nicole on stage to sing a little “And I Am Telling You” and it is pretty spectacular. Nicole chooses Team Jennifer