As the Blind Auditions for The Voice rumbled on for the fifth week, the show began with concerns that Will had just four singers in his team, while the other coaches Rita, Tom and Ricky were well ahead with eight each in their teams.
Will began to expand his team from the off when he hit his button for 30-year-old Newtion Matthews, who opened the show with John Legend’s Who Did That to You? He left home at 18 to pursue a music career, and even ended up living on the streets when he had no luck and ran out of cash, but it looks like things could be on the up for the aspiring performer now that he’s made it through to the Battle Rounds in a few weeks.
When self-proclaimed “groovy chick” Hannah Wildes, 24, performed All Good Things Come To An End by Nelly Furtado, Will didn't turn but the other three judges did. The singer from made no bones about wanting Ricky to be her coach.
Of the two youngest performers in tonight’s auditions, Karis Thomas from South Wales had Rita spinning around in her chair with Joss Stone’s Right To Be Wrong, while her fellow 16 year old, Harris Hameed, a busker from Leeds, failed to get any turns with Apologize by Timbaland.
When Stephen Cornwell isn’t working on his singing and songwriting, he’s pumping iron in the gym – his health regime involves eating 70 eggs a week! Will and Tom both hit their buttons during his performance of She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds Of Summer, but the 24 year old from Kent chose the Black Eyed Peas star to be his coach.
The oldest performer tonight was 70-year-old Krazy Horse from Bury, Stockpot. That is his real name apparently! He’s been singing in pubs and clubs since he was 15, but he faced his toughest audience yet when he failed to get any of the coaches to hit their buttons with his lively bare-footed rendition of Bad Moon Rising by Creedance Clearwater Survival.
Also unsuccessful were baker Kate Flynn, 23, from County Offaly, Ireland, who failed to impress with Best of You by The Foo Fighters; Alex David Charles, 52, a former backing singer for funk band Heatwave, who sang I Wish by Stevie Wonder; and Nathan Moore, 49, the former frontman of 1980s pop band Brother Beyond, who performed Seven Nation Army by White Stripes.
Among the auditionees were two people desperate to swap the daily grind of office life for a music career. Vikesh Champaneri, 19, sang Hometown Glory by Adele. He was chuffed when Tom, Rita and Ricky turned, but had already decided that to choose Mr Wilson. Meanwhile, Rozzy Turner, 33, from Guildford, sang Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Her powerful vocals got Will spinning around in his chair, adding another singer to his team.
Brooklyn, 19, from Basildon, Essex, has celebrity fans in former Towie stars Harry Derbidge and Amy Childs. Will and Rita both turned during her version of Superbass by Nicki Minaj, while Ricky hit his button at the last minute. But it was Will who she chose to be her coach.
After turning for three performers but failing to add any singers to his team, Tom finally got lucky when Claudia Rose, 17, sang Love You I Do by Jennifer Hudson, a performance which also got a turn from Ricky. The teenager from Cork, Ireland, didn't hesitate in choosing Sir Tom to be her coach.
At the end of the night, Will had doubled his team from four to eight, while Rita and Tom both added one singer each to their teams, and Ricky got into double figures with a team of 10!
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