The Voice 2014 recap: All of tonight's blind audition goodness

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With another Saturday evening close to over it must be time to recap the latest goings on The Voice UK 2014.

Tonight was Week 5 and the blind auditions continued, kicking off with Steven Alexander, whose auntie took part in the show last year as part of Diva on Team Tom. Steven gave it his all with a performance of Your Game by Will Young to seduce Kylie Minogue who turned just seconds into the performance. and Ricky Wilson played games with each other but it was only Sir Tom Jones who also ended up pressing his buzzer at the last second. Choosing between the pair was rather hard for Steven given his link to Team Tom but he went with Team Kylie in the end.

Horse fan Fiona Kelly told us all she was singing for 'fun' but her performance was far from a joke act. Fiona's haunting version of Take That's Rule The World impressed the coaches who didn't have a bad word to say (other than a really awful Gary Barlow impression), but no one pressed their buzzers.

Next up was Chris Royal, a 25-year-old who moved from Manchester to London to make a career in music who now spends his days in greasy spoon cafes searching for jobs. Chris turned Avicii's club banger Wake Me Up into a rather spectacular ballad to woo the coaches with Ricky being the first to press his buzzer followed by Sir Tom and Kylie.

Chris Royal

Ricky's pitch wasn't the most eloquent ("I'll do what Kylie and Tom said but better") however it worked and Chris became the latest member of the Kaiser Chief frontman's team.

The auditions were then interrupted by a montage of hosts Emma Willis and Marvin Humes, we guess the BBC have got to get their money's worth somehow.

Next on stage, Nick Dixon was the latest act to try and make a comeback on The Voice UK this year after failing previously. Singing Home Again by Elton John, the 17-year-old told cameras: "It's more than a dream, it's my life and what I want." However we couldn't really tell any difference between his performance this year and last year and nor it seemed could the coaches, who didn't press their buzzers.


Another familiar face on the show this evening had more success however with Elesha Paul Moses, originally part of duo Nu-Tarna, who made it as far as the battles on Team Will last year, winning a spot on Team Tom.

Based in Cyrpus with husband, military wife Lucy Winter has a surprising rock voice as she sings Somebody To Love for the panel but she failed to get the coaches turning, being told she had given too much.

Apparently that's a thing now.

Lucy Winter

Competitive Judo athlete Max Murphy was the next hopeful we met and he declared before his audition: "I would rather sing in front of thousands of people than compete for Great Britain in the next Olympics." Technically speaking no one buzzed during Max's performance of MGMT's Electric Feel but Ricky's press after the song had finished still did count and he won the teenager for his team.

16-year-old Joe Keegan followed with a cover of Keep Your Head Up by Ben Howard and prompted a bidding war between Kylie and Ricky. After his impromptu Riverdance tutorial with Joe on stage, offered his view and told the teen to join Team Kylie which he promptly did.

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24-year-old James Byron (not Bond,!) was next on stage, perplexing the judges with his performance of Janis Joplin's Cry Baby. The panel admitted afterwards they weren't sure if it was a male or female singer (which is a good thing, according to to Sir Tom). was the only one to turn and confessed he did so wanting to add more girls to his team.


The show shot through three rather poor auditions in quick succession next with none of the coaches turning for any of them.

There was teenager who sings a particularly tuneless version of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful and similarly good looking Jolan, who also gave a rather poor performance singing Beneath Your Beautiful.

Finishing the montage was Yinka Williams, who performs Paris Ooh La la for the line up of coaches. We didn't think she was all that bad but still no one turned around.

Reece Bahia

Leggy 21-year-old Jade Mayjean Peters continued the trend of gorgeous looking wannabes as she took to the stage in a bid to turn around the luck of the hopefuls. The sexy singer had the audience - and Kylie - on their feet with a "sassy" cover of Gabriella Cilmi’s number one hit Sweet About Me and the Aussie star was the first to turn.

Ricky, Will and Sir Tom followed making Jade only the third act this series to have all four coaches turning for her.

But even with all four having pressed their buzzers there was silence from the panel with Will reduced to an umming and erring mess. While Kylie was still able to speak even she too could only mention Jade's looks, remarking: "You're like me only curvier!"

After a rather long integration from both sides, Jade eventually chose to join Team Kylie.

Jade Mayjean Peters (The Voice 2014)

Closing the show this evening was Femi Santiago, a 27-year-old singer from London. Aged 19, Femi was homeless and contemplating suicide, saying: "You see people but people don't see you."

Now living a rather normal life with an office job, wife and young son, Femi's got plenty of confidence and tells the cameras: "I'm not here to fail, I'm here to succeed," which makes us wonder why we really needed to know about his past problems eight years ago.

Femi's version of My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder didn't immediately get any coaches turning around with only Will eventually pressing his buzzer at the very last second.

The Voice 2014 teams... so far

Team Will

Anna McLuckie
Sophie May Williams
Jermain Jackman
Iesher Haughton
Jessica Steele
Sarah Eden-Winn
James Byron
Femi Santiago

Team Kylie

Lee Glasson
Leo Ihenacho
Jamie Johnson
Jimmy Weston
Jai McConnell
Rachael O’Connor
Steven Alexander
Joe Keegan
Jade Mayjean Peters

Team Tom

Sally Barker
Mairead Conlon
Vicky Jones
Georgia Harrup
Laverne Scott-Roberts
Elesha Paul Moses

Team Ricky

Beth McCarthy
Christina Marie
Kelsey-Beth Crossley
Myles Evans
Tila & Tavelah Robinson
Chris Royal
Max Murphy

The Voice UK continues next weekend on BBC One with the latest blind auditions show.

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