LIVE: THE VOICE - Featuring Kerry Ellis Audition!


Thanks for your company this evening - I'll liveblog The Voice again towards the end of the series, but I'll also be liveblogging the Oliviers in a fortnight's time - join me then!

8.20pm: That's it, then, guys. So Kerry Ellis had no interest from any of the judges, but she's got the entire country up in arms about it, so good for her. Who was your favourite auditionee tonight?

8.17pm: He's chosen Jessie as his mentor. Seriously?!

8.14pm: Ooh, it's a clean sweep of judges. And he sings "very" with an oddly pleasing Welsh lilt.

8.12pm: The next contestant is a Welshman. Expect much Tom Jones-related drama. He's singing Superstition. That man from The Script turns round almost instantly, and then proceeds to dance in his chair.

8.10pm: She's singing 'Stronger' by Christina Aguilera, and Sir Tom Jones wants her on his team. Hooray hooray! When that man from The Voice realises that she is Denise from Five Star, he is quite shocked. Jessie J offers helpful criticism about doing "too many tricks". *rolls eyes*

8.07pm: Hooray, it's Denise Pearson, being credited as Deniece Pearson! She talks a little about her experience in Five Star, and says she would like to repeat that level of success. (Stedman is there by her side - bless.) No mention of her West End stints in Thriller and Respect La Diva, but wasn't really expecting it.

8.02pm: Teenage girl dressed in fishnets and basque. So far, so Gaga.

8pm: Tom and Jessie both want them. So they flip a coin. Seriously? How very flattering for their new mentor. (Tom wins, by the way.)

7.56pm: Ooh, a duo coming up. They say the spend the majority of their time together, and do most of their singing in the bathroom. He looks a bit like one of The Magic Numbers. They perform a peculiar version of A Little Time, but it's not necessarily unpleasant.

7.52pm: Next is a girl called Frances, who wears a bobble hat for inexplicable reasons. She is singing 'Where Is The Love?'

7.51pm: Ooh, it seems that Denise Pearson, formerly of Five Star, is auditioning tonight as well - she made her West End debut a couple of years ago in Thriller Live!

7.48pm: While Aleks attempts to flirt with Jessie J, we can note that "Kerry Ellis" is now trending on Twitter in the UK.

7.45pm: Cheeky chappie Aleks cannot be a lawyer, because he was kicked out of school and has no qualifications. Just as well that he doesn't want to be one - he wants to be a singer.

7.40pm: Vince Freeman is another professional performer. He's singing 'Sex On Fire', accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and bouncing up and down as he does so. He has a little Gervais-esque goatee beard, and no shoes. The man from The Script wants him on his squad, and informs Vince that he belongs with the man from The Script, so looks like that's a done deal.

7.37pm: Montage. Attractive man singing 'Time Of Your Life' up the octave. Tattooed man singing 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love?'. Hennaed-hair lady singing 'Hallelujah'. All get resounding rejections but the panel then regret it.

7.35pm: None of the judges want her even though they all thought she was good. She says she's never had a singing lesson in her life. Hmm. wonders if she could "reinvent radio" or something.

7.34pm: Ah, this girl has a very, very raw soprano voice in there - she's singing 'Nessun Dorma'. With some training to control the vibrato, she could be good. But surely she is not the "specific type of girl singer" any of the judges are looking for?

7.32pm: The 17-year-old girl auditioning now has a karaoke machine at home. So do I! Maybe I should audition!

7.31pm: He's decided to go with Jessie J, who claims that she is now excited.

7.27pm: Um, there is now a man singing a bizarre version of 'Like A Virgin'. And that man from The Script and Jessie J and and SIR TOM JONES all want him on his team. I don't think I understand this show.

7.26pm: So Kerry is out of the competition before it starts. What did you think of her audition?

7.25pm: Kerry slinks backstage and hugs her husband. She says the public rejection is character-building. Tom does a piece-to-camera about Kerry's audition showing what a tough competition this is.

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Carrie Dunn After spending her formative years reading books and ending up with a Masters degree in English literature from King's College London, it was inevitable that Carrie should be a journalist. Her pure and simple delight in the art-form of musical theatre led to the Guardian asking her to be their West End Girl. Since then, she's picked up a PhD, and also written for many other UK publications, including the Times and the Independent. She has many eclectic loves, including sport, karaoke, reality television, MMORPGs, three-volume Victorian novels, the British seaside, embroidery and Veronica Mars.


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