The Voice 2015: Emmanuel Nwamadi may MISS live semi-final

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Emmanuel Nwamadi is battling illness ahead of tonight's The Voice UK semi-final.

The Team Ricky singer is a favourite to win the competition but has been struck down with the flu at the worst possible time.

The 23-year-old said: "I've got a cough and I'm losing my voice as well. Rehearsals went really well. I just need to work on this cough, it's putting me down.

"I think I'll be fine."

Emmanuel has been forced to cut back on rehearsals and instead rest ahead of tonight's second live show.

"I'm losing my voice," he revealed. "I've been trying to take care of my voice but I think I just need some rest, and I'll be fine".

Emmanuel, who is scheduled to sing twice tonight including a performance alongside his coach Ricky Wilson, admitting that the live shows had been daunting.

"The nerves kick in when the mic is given to me and when Emma asks me how I feel," the London student said.

But he added: "I'm always excited to get on stage and perform. I feel like that's where I can open up the most. The music is what I truly love doing, so I can't wait to get on that stage."

FOUR acts will get the axe when The Voice UK semi-finals air tonight on BBC One from 7PM.

> The Voice UK song choices: See tonight's songs HERE

Browse pictures of The Voice UK contestants in the rehearsals for tonight's show below...

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