The Voice 2018 RECAP! All of the blind auditions from the first week

The Voice UK 2018 recap

The Voice UK 2018 hit our screens tonight for the first round of blind auditions on ITV.

Global music legends, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs are this year’s coaches and on a quest to uncover the best vocal talent that Britain has to offer, with this year’s winner scooping a life changing record contract with Polydor Records.

As always, the first stage is the blind auditions where the contestants must hold their nerve as they sing to the backs of the coaches.

If the coaches like what they hear, they bash their buzzer to spin around and select that artist for their teams of ten. If more than one spins then it’s up the act to pick which team to join.

But this year the format has been changed so if all the coaches fail to turn for an act they lose their right to see them – leaving them forever wondering if they should have hit their buttons.

With only ten spots to fill on each coach’s team, the competition is fierce – here’s how the first round of blind auditions went down tonight

The Voice 2018 contestants – Week 1

Jake Benson

26-year-old carpenter Jake from London performed Julia Michaels’ Issues. Olly, Jennifer and Tom all turned. He joined Team Jennifer.


Chloe Jones

22-year-old Chloe from Manchester is a part time Barista/Musician. She performed Corinne Bailey Rae’s Just Like A Star. Olly, Tom and Will all turned.


Lauren Bannon

27-year-old student Lauren from Weymouth performed Major Lazer’s Lean On. All four coaches turned and Lauren went with Olly.


Niall Donnelly

36-year-old graphic designer Niall from Omagh in Northern Ireland sang Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day.


Jimmy Balito

22-year-old Jimmy from Sussex currently works as a Plant Nursery Supervisor. At his blind audition, Jimmy performed Tom Odell’s Concrete


Jason Nicholson-Porter

33-year-old Jason is a musician from Bromley, London. He sings Amazing Grace and got Jennifer turning around.



Duo RYT are made up of Ryan (30) and Tania (24). Ryan is originally from Blackburn and Tania originally comes from Ipswich but they currently live together in London. Ryan is a music teacher while Tania works for an Estate Agents. They performed Nizlopi’s JCB song. They had Jennifer, Olly and Tom spinning and went with Team Olly.


Donel Mangena

16-year-old student Donel from Southampton performed Cold Water by Major Lazer and Justin Bieber. He got all four coaches to turn and became Team Will’s first act.


The Voice UK continues Saturday nights on ITV.

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