Saturday night sees the first of two knockout round episodes on The Voice this weekend, with Teams Will and Rita first up. Which six contestants will progress to next week’s first live show? Here is the line-up and also 12 things to watch out for.
1. As Tom Jones notes, four of Rita Ora‘s eight remaining contestants are Welsh. But how many will make it through to the live shows?
2. Rita admits to being star-struck over one of her own acts.
3. One of the contestants chooses a song with a particularly strong emotional connection, as they used to sing it to their grandfather.
4. Joe Woolford‘s choice of Outkast’s Hey Ya is guaranteed to please Rita – she recorded an acoustic cover of the same song on YouTube in 2011.
5. One of Will’s singers says, “I’m just so average.”
6. Another of Will’s acts changes their song after he calls their original choice of Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name “a little too safe”.
7. Tom notes that one of Will’s contestants “sounded too comfortable”. It’s not meant as a positive comment.
8. When talking about one of his acts, Will says, “I feel like a kid in Disney.”
9. Esmée Denters sings Stevie Wonder’s As, a song she has previously performed for Billboard’s Mashup Mondays series.
10. Will’s Wacky Metaphors are back! This week’s theme is animals, as he talks about ducks and dragons.
11. At least one of the six qualifiers for next week’s first live show lost their battle round (but was subsequently stolen).
12. Only two of this week’s 16 song choices were UK number ones: Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) and Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life.
Team Rita line-up
DTwinz: I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
Joe Woolford: Hey Ya – Outkast
Mitch Miller: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead Or Alive
Karis Thomas: True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
Shellyann: Firework – Katy Perry
Hannah Wildes: Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Clark Carmody: Take Me To Church – Hozier
Liss Jones: If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
Team Will line-up
Newtion Matthews: Missing – Everything But The Girl
Jake Shakeshaft: As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber
Esmée Denters: As – Stevie Wonder
Brooklyn: Let It Go – Idina Menzel
Vikesh Champaneri: It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
Sheena McHugh: Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
Ryan Green: Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
Lucy O’Byrne: Un Bel Di Vedremo – from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly
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