The Voice preview: 10 things to look out for in the first battle round

The blind auditions are over and it’s time for battle to commence on The Voice. Here is the line-up and ten things to watch out for this Saturday in the first of two battle round episodes.

Image: BBC

12 must become eight for each of the coaches as the battles commence (Image: BBC)

1. This year the coaches can steal two losing singers each rather than one. In the previous two seasons coaches have tended to use their steals early, including three out of four in last year’s first battle round. Expect a flurry of steals in this episode too.

2. One of the contestants brings their coach a present of underwear. (And no, it’s not Tom Jones.)

3. Another reveals they are deaf in one ear.

4. And a third shows Rita Ora a selfie they took with her a year previously.

5. Will.i.am refers to one singer as “a doctor of music”.

6. One of the coaches is (accidentally) punched in the nose by one of their team members.

7. Tom admits he has never met one of the biggest names in pop music from the 1970s and 1980s, one of whose songs is performed by two members of Ricky Wilson‘s team.

8. One of the coaches bemoans one of their pairings’ rehearsal session as “probably the sloppiest session” they’ve ever been part of in their life.

9. Continuing the tradition of including songs from musicals and operas, one of the coaches chooses a song from Cats to close the show.

10. This week’s instalment of Will.i.am’s Wacky Metaphors sees him talking about jungle predators and marshmallows. Not at the same time, though.

This week’s pairings

Team Will:

Joyful Soundz versus Newtion Matthews

Joyful Soundz Newtion Matthews

Brooklyn versus Rozzy

BrooklynRozzy

Lucy O’Byrne versus Karl Loxley

Lucy O'ByrneKarl Loxley

Team Ricky:

Christina Matovu versus Jade Hewitt

Christina Matovu Jade Hewitt

Hannah Symons versus Shellyann

Hannah SymonsShellyann

Stevie McCrorie versus Tim Arnold

Stevie McCrorieTim Arnold

Team Rita:

Joe Woolford versus Ryan Green

Joe WoolfordRyan Green

Olivia Lawson versus Clark Carmody

Olivia LawsonClark Carmody

Mitch Miller versus Morven Brown

Mitch MillerMorven Brown

Team Tom:

Claudia Rose versus Rosa Iamele

Claudia RoseRosa Iamele

Sharon Murphy versus Roisin Geraghty-McDonagh

Sharon MurphyRoisin Geraghty-McDonagh

Howard Rose versus Stephaine Webber

Howard RoseStephanie Webber

 

The Voice season 4

Preview

4.1 15 things we noticed during the first blind auditions

10 things to look out for in the second blind auditions show

4.2 15 things we noticed during the second blind auditions

12 things to look out for in the third blind auditions show

4.3 15 things we noticed during the third blind auditions

15 things to look out for in the fourth blind auditions show

4.4 15 things we noticed during the fourth blind auditions

12 things to look out for in the fifth blind auditions show

4.5 12 things we noticed during the fifth blind auditions

12 things to look out for in the sixth blind auditions show

4.6 15 things we noticed during the sixth blind auditions

12 things to look out for in the final blind auditions show

4.7 10 things we noticed during the final blind auditions

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