The Voice UK: Eli Cripps stolen by Will after EPIC battle performance

The Voice - Episode 9

Eli Cripps has been stolen in tonight's The Voice UK battles after a passionate performance with Leighton Jones.

The two singers began the battles on Boy George with their mentor describing the pair's duel as "one to watch".

And their performance of Glyads Knight's If I Were Your Woman certainly proved to be.

After gushing about "so beautiful" Eli, Paloma Faith said: "We were utterly transported. It was so brilliant and so joyful and you've both got so much soul. You should both be so proud."

Ricky Wilson raved: "I loved it. I don't have any steals left, I should have waited because both of you deserve to go further in the competition. You're both great singers, that's obvious, but more than that I totally believed you."

Boy George then gave his verdict: " I've been blessed because all of my singers have really listened to all the advice I have them and and I was very clear about what I wanted.

"Eli is super cool and there's so much more to come because you're REALLY good. As much as I love you Eli, I have to go with my Welsh Stevie Wonder and take Leighton through."

Pitching to the lone remaining coach left with a steal, Eli told Will.i.am: "I've had such an incredible journey and adventure so far and I feel like it's just begun so I'm not quite ready for it to finish."

It was then a tense wait an after playing up to the crowd, Will hit his buzzer to pinch Eli for his team.

Will remarked: "I held out for Eli Cripps and went through a lot of pressure and I'm happy George left her available for a steal."

Watch Eli and Leighton's battle in the video below...

The Voice UK continues Saturday nights on BBC One.

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