The Voice UK cut down its remaining contestants to eight last night, as this year’s semi-finalists were chosen from an incredible roster of talented artists. But who made it through to next week’s penultimate round in the competition? Meet the eight contestants still vying for the top spot below…
Jason – Team Will
As the first act to win his spot in the semi-final, Jason was chosen by his mentor will.i.am to keep his place in the competition. He’s remained a fan-favourite throughout his time on the show, getting all four coaches to turn their chairs in his initial blind audition. The dad-of-one isn’t your typical pop star, but that’s what makes this show and him so special. It gives opportunities to people like Jason, who would probably be turned away at the door anywhere else simply because they don’t fit a traditional mould. It’s time Jason started being taken seriously – a win next week and place in the final would certainly prove that this has happened.
Into The Ark – Team Tom
It’s always good to have a duo in the competition, as they provide something completely different to the rest of the artists involved. On Team Tom (obviously; they’re Welsh!), Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones make up the pairing, and have already gone some way in the music industry, in making a name for themselves and touring across the country. They’re already set to play British dates this May; just imagine the atmosphere if they’re doing so knowing they’ve got a huge record deal under their belts.
Truly – Team Gavin
Named after the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang character of the same name, Truly entered the show while working as a waitress, and has already had 15 minutes of fame, having appeared in tabloid newspapers alongside her mother as a baby. This is a woman who clearly has talent, but to this point the viewing public don’t seem to want to get behind her. Hopefully, in next week’s semi-final she can turn it around. Gavin is clearly on her side.
Mo – Team JHud
As the clear favourite for some time, Mo has the most to prove. Just 21-years-old, the singer has racked up two and a half million views on the video of his blind audition, where he performed ‘Iron Sky’ and bagged himself a clean sweep of coach chair turns. Since that point, he’s gone from strength to strength and consistently pulled it out of the bag, and gave arguably his most stunning performance to-date in last night’s show when he took on Bob Dylan.
Michelle – Team Will
Already an established backing singer, Michelle John has worked with big names including Ed Sheeran and Eric Clapton. Having performed for former President, Barack Obama, she’s a confident talent with an impressive vocal range. Now at 43, she’s ready to step out into the spotlight and go it alone, take lead vocals and make even more of a name for herself. Let’s hope she doesn’t fade into the background here.
Craig Ward – Team Tom
Hailing from Scotland (Yes, Tom does take in singers from places other than Wales on occasion!), Craig entered The Voice while working for Vodafone in Glasgow. Now, he’s left that life behind and is ready to provide for his family by using his incredible vocal talent. Finishing first in last week’s show, he’s got every opportunity to get the public behind him in a big way and could be the dark horse in the competition.
Max – Team Gavin
Confident and with an incredible swagger, Max Vickers is another dark horse who could turn the show on its head and become the unconventional (but definitely deserving) winner. Nobody like Max has ever won a show of this type, so to see him get through next week and pull it out of the bag in the final would prove that talent competitions like this one are still very much in the public interest. There are lots of people out there who deserve this opportunity; Max is one of those people.
Jamie Miller – Team JHud
From Cardiff, 19-year-old Jamie Miller initially made headlines for being blanked by his competitor Stacey Skeete in the Battle Round of the competition, but he took her out with his rendition of ‘Perfect Strangers’ and hasn’t looked back since. Quitting his call centre job to compete in The Voice, he’s found his success so surprising so far. Could his sweet natured personality take him all the way? We’ll soon find out…
The Voice UK continues next Saturday on ITV.
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