Saturday sees the second round of battles on The Voice. Who will progress to the knockout round? Here is the line-up and ten things to watch out for.
1. Only Will.i.am and Rita Ora still have steals to use. Will uses his on an act he didn’t turn for in the blind auditions.
2. Both remaining steals are used on singers from the same coach’s team.
3. One contestant reveals they left home at the age of 12.
4. Another arrives for their battle having only just got married in Grenada.
5. Tina Turner impersonator Andrew Marc shows off his impressions of two other legendary singers. (Neither of them are particularly good.)
6. DTwinz go into battle against The Mac Bros. This is the first time in the show’s history that two duos have competed against each other.
7. Three of this week’s singers – Sheena McHugh, Hollie Barrie and Esmee Denters – earned the grand slam of having all four coaches turn for them in their blind auditions. All three are from Team Will and Sheena and Hollie are paired off against each other.
8. This week’s song selections include four UK number one singles, including two from 1981.
9. One of Tom Jones‘s song selections is Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, a song performed live by the group on an episode of his TV show This Is Tom Jones in 1970. It’s the only track this week that originates from before the 1980s.
10. Will gets two unlikely Barrys mixed up. (Neither of them is Barry Island.)
This week’s pairings
Jake Shakeshaft versus Stephen Cornwell
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
Sheena McHugh versus Hollie Barrie
Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
Esmee Denters versus Andrew Marc
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
Vanessa Hunt versus Liss Jones
Straight Up – Paula Abdul
DTwinz versus The Mac Bros.
Maps – Maroon 5
Karis Thomas versus NK
Don’t Speak – No Doubt
Cai Williams versus Daniel Duke
Am I Wrong – Nico and Vinz
Sasha Simone versus Lisa Ward
Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Kim Alvord versus Lara Lee
My Kind of Love – Emily Sande
Letitia George versus Vikesh Champaneri
Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
Hannah Wildes versus Autumn Sharif
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Classical Reflection versus Emmanuel Nwamadi
The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics