The Voice: Singing school teacher Joe is a smash hit!

It was Week 3 of The Blind Auditions on The Voice (opens in new tab), which featured several Welsh singing hopefuls. But did they impress resident Welsh wonder, Sir Tom Jones?

A former YouTube sensation, Esmee Denters had the attention of the vocal coaches, when she sung her own version of "Yellow" by Coldplay. At the very last minute, all four coaches turned for Esmee and she chose to join TeamWill.

Guitar playing Emmanual Nwamadi made a fan of Ricky Wilson with his performance of "Sweetest Taboo" by Sade. Sir Tom commented Emmanual was good, but missed his chance when he didn't hit his buzzer in time. D'oh!

Dene Michael, best known as one half of 80s act, Black Lace was cheered on by an army of fans wearing loud Hawaiian shirts as he sang "Never Give Up On A Good Thing" by George Benson.

Daniel Duke (opens in new tab) was a hit when he performed an accoustic version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers. Unfortunately, Daniel's twin brother, James wasn't such a hit when he did a mashup of "Love Story" by Taylor Swift and "Sugar We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy.

Rita Ora, Sir Tom and Ricky all turned for Liss Jones (opens in new tab) when she did her best Katy Perry, singing the hit, "Dark Horse". Meanwhile, Shirleymarie's take on Dolly Parton's hit, Here You Come Again got the coaches swaying along to the song in their chairs. But ultimately nobody turned.

However, school teacher, Joe Woolford (opens in new tab) did impress with his version of "Lights" by Ellie Goulding. Rita, Ricky...and finally, Sir Tom all turned. Rita was thrilled when Joe chose a place on Team Rita!

Josh McDonough appeared to impress the judges when he performed "Waves" by Mr Probz. Unfortunately, his voice didn't get those red chairs spinning. Sorry, Josh!

And Sir Tom did show some Welsh loyalty when he turned for Stephanie Webber (opens in new tab), who sang "Mama's Broken Heart" by Miranda Lambert. Stephanie happily signed-up with TeamTom

Basketball player Otty Warmann gave a lively peformance of "Express Yourself" by Labrinth. But sadly his efforts were not enough to get the coaches turning and secure him a place in the Battles round.

The Voice continues next Saturday on BBC 1 (7.00pm) with the next round of Blind Auditions.

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!


Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.


Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)


And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.