The Voice UK continues for a second week of Blind Auditions on Saturday (Jan 11) on ITV. Olly Murs, Will.i.am, and Sir Tom Jones are all back for another season in the big red chairs. Pop singer Meghan Trainor is the new kid on the block.
During the Blind Auditions, each coach will choose 10 acts before moving on to the Battle Rounds.
Blaize China – Instruction by Jax Jones – Blaize lives in a quiet beach town with her family. She’s got a slight island flavor going on. She’d be perfect for Will or Olly. Will and Meghan turn immediately. Olly dances around a bit before he hits his button. Once she hits a high note, Tom finally turns. Wow. She’s good, but a 4 chair turn? Meghan grew up listening to calypso and reggae. She’s excited! Blaize admits that she hoped Meghan turned. After which, Will advocates for Meghan because she texted him confessing that she hoped for a contestant with Blaize’s vibe. Interesting. Tom tries to convince her to try something different. Olly reminds her that he was in her shoes once. In the end, Blaize chooses Meghan.
4 chair turn. Blaize chooses Team Meghan.
Ty Lewis – When the Party’s Over by Billie Eilish – Tyler lives at home with his parents, while he studies music technology at college. He starts off in his lower register, and is pitchy. But once he hits his falsetto he improves somewhat. Olly hits his button. He’s got potential, but this is rough pitch-wise. Olly’s got a look on his face like “maybe I made a mistake.” Tom, however, hits his button at the last minute. Both Olly and Tom didn’t know the song. Olly was drawn to his emotional delivery. Olly calls him “special.” He’s pitching for Ty a lot harder than Tom. Ty chooses Olly
Olly and Tom turn. Ty chooses Team Olly
Next, Tom sings a little bit of “Leave Your Hat On” by Randy Newman, one of the singer’s many covers!
Babalola Ehidiamen – A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke – He lives with his girlfriend and son. For some reason, I wasn’t not expecting an old school soul voice. His upper register is shrill, but he sings with feeling. No turns yet…and no turns. dang. On the UK version, no turns means no the coaches keep their backs to the hopeful as they walk awkwardly off the stage. “It didn’t sound like a natural voice to me,” says Tom. Yeah, that shrill sound. Will compares his voice to spaghetti. Welp. Or something.
Baby Sol – Lullaby of Birdland by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald – She is friends with Paloma Faith. So, that’s something, I guess. Also, her mom passed away 10 years ago. She and her sister had to fend for themselves. Oh, she’s a jazz singer. Once again, I wasn’t expecting that! For my taste, her voice is too stylized. But she’s got skillz. It takes a bit, but Will and Meghan hit their buttons. Baby hits some big notes at the end, which gets Olly to turn. Will compares her voice to the way Miles Davis plays. He praises her phrasing. Meghan loves her confidence, “You can sing anything.” In the middle of his remarks, Olly falls on the floor to avoid a bug. (???) Baby chooses Will. The correct choice, I think.
Will, Olly and Meghan turn. Baby chooses Team Will
Lara Anstead – Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware – She’s a 26 year old performing arts teacher and mom. She’s performed on cruise ships. Her voice is very pretty. She gets off to a slow start, but then hits some strong notes. Nobody is hitting their button. She lacks that extra…something. But finally, at the VERY last minute, Tom turns. He believes she deserves to be on the show! Of anybody on the panel, it’s the best matchup. There’s something old fashioned about Lara.
Only Tom turns
Jay Harvey – – He’s a 38 year old personal trainer–married with a son. He’s been at the music grind for 20 years. He did backing vocals and was in a boy band. He’s pinning his hopes on fellow Essex boy, Olly. Jay performs pop music like he’s still 20 years old…but he’s not anymore. I know this will seem harsh, but it feels like his time has passed. And he gets no turns, unsurprisingly. Only Olly recognized the song. “I knew it was a risk,” Jay admits.
Katie and Aoife – Chiquitita by ABBA – Sixteen year old twin sisters hail from Ireland. Their dad was a musician. They have beautiful voices. Very unique, with lovely tone and phrasing. But I don’t love their harmonies, especially for siblings. The harmonies are pitchy! I have a very high bar when it comes to sibling harmonies. Only Meghan hits her button. It’s probably just as well! Olly mentions that he’s a twin (sadly, they’ve been on the outs for years, Olly shares his despair with the coaches. He tears up. Meghan gives him a big hug. Aw.). Tom is sorry he didn’t turn.
Only Meghan turns
Zion – Glory by John Legend & Common – He’s a 26 year old graphic designer, he moved to Manchester from Nigeria at 16. He struggles with shyness and anxiety. Zion is a decent gospel singer, but he’s not knocking my socks off. There’s some pitchy stuff. At the very last minute, Tom hits his button. You’d think the episode would end with a more impressive audition. Oh well. Tom loved his power and “big tone.” Zion is so relieved, he’s crying, because he’s doubted himself so much. Meghan can relate to his feelings, she says tearily. Oh. There’s so much emotion. That’s why the show ends here.
Only Tom turns