This weekend is all about the knockouts: in this round each coach has to whittle their teams down from 7 to just 3 so we are gonna be bidding farewell to lots of singers this weekend.
Sir Tom is up first. Like all the coaches he has the power to send one of his artists straight through to the live semi-finals. Tom said he found this a hard decision but opts for Mike Ward much to Mike’s amazement (and ours actually – we would totally have picked Joseph).
This leaves the remaining 6 artists to compete for just two places in the next round. Tom pits Jamie, Cherelle and Alys together for the first vocal knock out. In this round the artists choose their own song; Alys has picked ‘Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes’. Cherelle is performing a Beyonce number ‘1 + 1’ which is some big glamorous shoes to fill and speaking of big shoes, 6ft 5 Motown man Jamie will be singing ‘Papa is a Rolling Stone – Tom says “tall order but tall fella so he should be able to pull it off”. We think Jamie’s performance was strong, Cherelle’s was off way but it was Alys that really shined. Tom agrees and it’s Alys that goes through to the live shows.
The remaining three artists Joseph, Ragsy and Adam compete next. Joseph sings ‘A Song for You’, Ragsy sings ‘Local Boy in the Photograph’ and Adam, who Tom stole in the last round, will be rocking out to ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ but in rehearsals the team newbie finds singing to Tom a bit intimidating. Ragsy and Adam both sing their bottoms off but they are no match for Mr Joseph Apostol. He is most definitely one to watch in the final rounds.
So we have Tom’s final three: Mike, Alys and Joseph.
Moving on to team Will who gather on stage to see who he will put straight through to the live shows – they are defo they most eccentric dressers in the competition. Will picks Leah saying that she is the ‘best artist he has seen in the UK.’ Yeah! Big Leah fans here!
The first three to compete are Moni, Jordan and Leanne. Leanne originally chose ‘Hurt’ by Christina Aguilera but changes to ‘Alone’ because Will is worried she will be Christina not Leanne. Then there’s Jordan, Will thinks he has ‘got it’ but when he plumps for a Meatloaf number Will says he wants “pop not Mary Poppins”. Moni has to be the front runner here, he never fails to make us smile. He will be performing ‘MasterBlaster’ but Will is worried he is recreating his blind audition and not showing variety. He is super wrong though leopard print clad Moni is ace (and a little bit Macklemore to us) Jordan is way too Glee but it’s Leanne that sings like her life depends on it. It’s a tough call for Will who gives the coveted place to Leanne.
On to Cleo, Lem and John. Will says John is the artist that he could make a record with right now but its Cleo that has all the experience. John sings ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’ he is one cool cat but we aren’t sure his voice is a strong as some of the others artists. Next up is Cleo who stamps her mark on MJ’s ‘Leave Me Alone’. Her performance is good; her tennis ball style hair do is even better. Lem gives a gorgeous rendition of ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by Bieber. This is a tough call, we think Lem deserves the place most but its Cleo that’s going through.
So Will’s final three are Leah, Leanne and Cleo. Go girls! If you haven’t seen it yet you have to watch Leah’s version of Minnie Ripperton’s ‘Loving You’, it will blow your mind.
Team Jessie opens the show on Sunday by putting Ash straight through to the live shows much to his delight. Jessie pits Danny, Trevor and Sarah in a knockout. Sarah wants to sing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ but Miss J says it’s in the safe zone. Trevor ‘the main event’ opts for ‘Gimme Some Loving’ and again his coach isn’t loving the song choice. Joseph Gordon Levitt lookalike Danny will be performing his take on ‘Be My Baby.’ We have a soft spot for handsome Danny but we don’t think that song showed his voice off. Trevor sings beautifully but we still find him a bit dull. Sarah’s version of the karaoke classic is very classy but she doesn’t match up to the big female vocals on team Will. Jessie J takes a long time to make her decision but finally after a coach powwow opts for Sarah.
Matt is up next singing ‘Skinny Love’ he will be competing with Lovelle, who plans to sing ‘Wonder’ by Emile Sande until Jessie convinces her that ‘True Colours’ is a better choice and Letitia – the baby of the competition who is rocking Pat Benetar’s ‘Love is a Battlefield.’ We think Letitia is a little too similar to Ruth from last year. Lovelle sounds delightful and is wearing a truly coloured bright green slinky dress but it’s Matt that wins this one hands down. If he isn’t in the final we will eat our hat (or his because we don’t have a hat on). As Danny says ‘Matt has something special’.
The final team Jessie line-up: Matt, Sarah and Ash.
Finally we have team Danny. The Irish charmer opts to give Karl Michael his fast pass to the live rounds. He then teams up Abi, Andrea and Alex. Singing dentist Abi is performing ‘Iris’, Danny’s steal Alex has chosen ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ and shows a big improvement on his battle round vocals. Now we wouldn’t say Abi’s performance was dull but it does seem to result in all the coaches closing their eyes. Andrea gives and angelic performance of Eva Cassidy’s ‘SongBird’. It’s a toughie but we think Danny might choose Andrea and clearly we know Mr OD well because he does.
Our final knockout acts are Connor, Mitchell and Sean: we are very much team Connor. Mitchell has picked his song ‘Need You Now’ for his long distance girlfriend, which Danny doesn’t seem impressed by. Connor is singing ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ and its great but we would like to have seen him without the guitar this time. Sean’s falsetto twist on ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is gorgeous but we are not sure we have seen enough personality to vote for him in the next round. The coaches felt all three could have given it more welly. Danny gives his final place in his live team to Mitchell. Karl ends the show with ‘It’s Too Late to Apologise’… which is my message to Danny O’D for not putting Connor though.
The final team Danny line-up is Karl, Andrea and Mitchell.
The live shows start on Friday and we can’t wait!