The second episode of the brand new series of The Voice UK kicks off with Trevor, who has toured as a backing singer with Florence and the Machine. The judges eyes open wide when he starts singing ‘Change Gonna Come’ and Jessie is first to swivel followed by the others (Tom last as ever). The audience show their appreciation for Trevor with the biggest round of applause yet! Jessie wins Trevor, taking her team to 4 and possibly securing her best singer yet.
Next up it’s 18 year old guitar playing, country gal Emma – she’s been to Nashville and everything. Emma performs a country take on Sweet Child O’ Mine and Tom turns on the last note. The silver bear is building a country music army!
On to Sam, his Mum managed to get him on stage to sing with Michael Buble and applied for The Voice on his behalf. Sam is singing ‘Your Song’ but none of the coaches are keen. Will comments on the clash of tone and emotion in the song and Jessie says he isn’t ready yet. Oh well Sam, at least Buble likes you.
Now we have Alex who stars in Thriller Live, he’s singing ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ which wakes up Will and Danny pretty quickly. Tom shows his appreciation for the high note by hitting his button and Jessie joins the party so Alex has a full house of coaches to choose from. He opts to join Team Jessie.
Lorraine is next and she’s the lady who sings at the end of ‘I Would Do Anything for Love’ with Meatloaf. Amazing! She’s singing ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ and our early guess is that she’s a good team Tom candidate but Lorraine makes it to the end of her song with no coaches turning. Will tells Lorraine her voice is magnificent and Danny looks flabbergasted by the Meatloaf story (Tom less so).
Ragsy from Wales is up and his Dad hits Holly with some serious Welsh charm. Ragsy sings his version of ‘The Scientist’ and Danny and Tom want him; Tom wins this battle but we think Ragsy and Danny would have been great together. Then we get this amazing line from Danny ‘Tom Jones is like Velcro for Welsh people!’
Harry and Katie aka ‘Smith and Jones’ tell us how in love they are but quickly start squabbling in their VT. They sing ‘Candy.’ The other coaches encourage Danny to turn and he gives in to the peer pressure. So the boyfriend girlfriend duo become Danny’s second act.
Liam is another star of stage and is doing it for his Nan. He performs an angelic version of ‘This Woman’s Work’. All the coaches want him on their team and fight hard for Liam but it’s Will that wins L.i.am.
Kym is up next, making her non-come back. She has had an amazing career and we are expecting great things! Kym is singing the unusual choice of ‘Ring of Fire.’ There’s an assortment of faces from the coaches but hard to tell if they like it. It seems not as they don’t turn for Kym, for Tom the problem was the soul version of the song not quite working.
Now we have Nadeem, who sings a medley of ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘The Blower’s Daughter’. Danny informs Will that if he turns he will kill him and threats work. Nadeem is a great addition to Team Danny.
Nick is next, he is just 16 and has had some confidence issues. Nick treats us to a rendition of ‘I Won’t Give Up’ but won’t be joining us in the next round. We think Tom should have taken him! The coaches are really keen that Nick tries again next year.
Finally it’s Alys who auditioned last year and is back for more. She performs a lovely version of ‘The Cave.’ Danny is first to opt in and the others follow suit. After lots of deliberation (23 minutes!) Alys finally picks team Tom; punishment for always turning last maybe?
Phew, so that’s it for this week. What did you think? We will, of course, be back for more blind audition fun next week.