The fifth blind audition show of The Voice UK aired on Saturday night, and eight new artists were added to the ranks. We’ve been following the show with great interest right from the start, and we’ve already gone on record with our early tips and recommendations for the acts to follow over the next few months of the competition.
In the first week we tipped Lucy O’Byrne at +2500 after she was the stand out performer on the night in our eyes, then in week two we made our selection for the winning coach, tipping new mentor Rita Ora to find the winning artist at a tempting +275
Following on from those two, we added Liss Jones to our ‘team’ at +1600 after being impressed with her audition in week three; while we were blown away by Sharon Murphy in week four and simply couldn’t resist a punt at a massive +5000
Week five didn’t quite hit the heights of those previous audition shows, and although eight acts managed to get a turn from at least one judge, very few looked capable of going all the way. Let’s have a reminder of each of the new artists that got through to the next stage on Saturday night:
Vikesh Champereni – +4000 with Skybet
Vikesh definitely gave one of the performances of the night, taking on an epic song in Adele’s ‘Hometown Glory’. He seemed to grow into the song as he went on and barely missed a note as he displayed the power in his voice. At one stage it looked like he was going to be on his way home, but Ricky, Tom and Rita turned at the last minute to give him an unexpected choice of coach. Another surprise saw him plump for Ricky, and the Kaiser Chief’s front man will be pleased to have another strong competitor on his team. The odds on Vikesh are decent, and we wouldn’t put anyone off backing him, but there’s something holding us back – perhaps the public will find it hard to warm to him?
Newtion Matthews – +4000 with Skybet
Newtion Matthews was another decent performer on the night, and is another who can be backed at a pretty big price. He gave a great rendition of ‘Who did that to You’ by John Legend, and Will played his usual mind games with the other coaches by leaving it to the last minute before turning his chair. Newtion should be happy, as with his style of voice, will.i.am is arguably the best mentor for him to work with.
Claudia Rose – +1200 with Skybet
However, the best performance of the night for us came from young Claudia Rose, who lit up the stage and the studio with her cover of ‘Love You I Do’ by Jennifer Hudson. She seemed to be brimming with confidence and brought a really infectious enthusiasm to the stage. The little wink she gave Ricky when he turned his chair actually had the guy in blushes, and it was indicative of the fun and flirty nature of her performance. She had a wonderful voice, with plenty of depth to it, and looks like one who could go far in the competition. Perhaps more than any other artist so far, she had that ‘star quality’ about her. Much to Ricky’s disappointment, Tom also turned his chair, and the young singer chose to join Team Tom. She’s not the biggest price, admittedly, but she’s worth adding to our team as well, particularly as the line up is close to being completed – there are just 12 more spots available across the four teams.
Rita Ora was clearly taken with Karis Thomas, the sixteen year-old single mum with a soulful voice that belies her youth. She sang ‘Right to be Wrong’ by Joss Stone, and it was a perfect number for her dusky tone. Again, we wouldn’t put anyone off backing her at a decent price, particularly after Rita’s praise, but it might be telling that she was the only coach to turn her chair. That said, though, Tom Jones did admit after the audition that he was ‘gutted’ that he didn’t turn as well.
Hannah Wildes’ performance wasn’t one that we were particularly keen on, and she did well to get a turn from Ricky, Tom and Rita. Her vocals sounded a little wobbly throughout to us, and although she threw in a remarkable falsetto – which is certainly what did it for Tom – that wasn’t enough to tempt us into a punt.
Brooklyn has all the ingredients to be popular – she works in Amy Child’s (of TOWIE fame) shop, she hails from Essex (which seems to be a stepping stone to celebrity these days), and to be fair she more than looks the part. Her rapping in her cover of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Super Bass’ was very good, but she seemed to be badly let down by her singing voice. That ought to be the most important ingredient on such a show you would hope, and it remains to be seen whether Will can sharpen her up. He wasn’t the only coach to turn though, Ricky and Rita also offered themselves as a mentor to Brooklyn, but unsurprisingly considering her song choice, she decided to go with Will.
Rozzy took the stage by storm from the opening bar of her rendition of ‘Bang Bang’ and she certainly has a powerhouse of a voice. She was a little out of control in parts, but that was something Will said they could work on together, and he seemed pleased enough to add her to his collection of singers.
The last act to make it through this week was Stephen Cornwell, who covered 5 seconds of Summer ‘She Looks so Perfect’. He used to play professional football for QPR, but sadly injury curtailed his career, and he turned to singing instead. Both Will and Tom turned for his boyband-esque voice, and he chose to join Team Will. His was a nice enough performance, without offering anything outstanding.
To win The Voice UK
Claudia Rose – +1200 with Skybet
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