Now is when stuff starts getting real. The auditions and battle rounds are all well and good but it’s in The Voice UK knockouts where we really start to see who is standing out as the serious performers. It was a night of spectacular highs and lows as Tom, Jen, Olly, and Will decided who stays and who goes.
There were three of Olly’s artists who competed for a spot. Kade Smith did a good job but he’s young and can use some more seasoning in his voice. Then you had Holly Ellison who did a fine rendition of Perfect. But she didn’t thrill me. Then you had Lauren Bannon sing Believer and the audience went nuts. This was a no brainer. Lauren was picked.
First up was Eliza Gutteridge singing Don’t Kill My Vibe and I thought it was pretty great. I am surprised she wasn’t picked. Then Kalon Rae did the Mamas and Pappas California Dreaming in a dress. It was certainly fun to watch but I think his voice needs some work. Lucy Milburn performed Gravity and made all the judges cry. She made me choke up too. I must say that it was one of the better performances of the night. Lucy was picked.
Anna Wilson-Holt sang Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder, which I thought wasn’t that great. I mean, it was OK but you need to be better than OK at this point in the competition. Young Paige Young hit the stage and I found her…irritating. Her voice was grating. I’m sorry but it’s how I felt. Then Jai hit the stage and made it all better. Her rendition of Jolene would have made Dolly Parton proud. She made it through.
Ross Anderson’s voice is…fine. It’s pleasing but I’d never buy an album of him singing. He got knocked out. Jake Benson was likewise fine but he was kind of boring. There was just no pizzazz. On the other hand, Gayatri Nair really hit those notes. She took us to church, and that is what someone on team Jen should do. She made it through.