Updated: 23/02/2014 03:00 | By pa.press.net

The Voice UK 2014: Bizarre Inc's Angie Brown fails audition

It was the last week of the blind auditions in The Voice UK and the stakes were high. Who made the final cut?


Angie Brown in The Voice UK (© Angie Brown in The Voice UK. Image. BBC)

It was a disappointing night overall for contestants who were hoping for a first, and even a second, chance at pop fame on The Voice UK. Coaches Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson stubbornly kept their chairs still for a good number of the hopefuls.

Angie Brown, for example, has already enjoyed chart success after she sang lead vocals on Bizarre Inc's 1992 smash hit I'm Gonna Get You.

But despite getting the assembled crowd on their feet by belting out her dance floor anthem, none of the panel turned around to pick her, much to the disbelief of her family and friends, people in the audience and millions watching at home.

American singer and producer Will.i.am revealed that the song inspired part of the Black Eyed Peas global hit Boom Boom Pow.

Will told her: "I didn't turn around because (of) the stage we are at in the competition, I could be wrong. You could be the one that got away."

However, Angie Brown remained cheerful, telling the judges: "I just wanted to come here and see what the reaction was going to be. You didn't turn around, but I'm going to hold my head up high."

It was better news for Tom Barnwell, a 26-year-old ambulance controller. His rendition of Estelle’s American Boy, which will.i.am had a hand in writing, had all four coaches spinning their chairs. Perhaps inevitably, he’s now on Team Will.

Music teacher Gary Poole put a soulful jazzy spin on The Zutons’ Valerie – the song made famous by Amy Winehouse. He managed to get chair spins from Sir Tom and Ricky and, in the end, he opted for Team Tom.

Also successful was 16-year-old Luciee Marie Closier, who sounds like a star of The Only Way Is Essex in the making. Her performance of Pixie Lott’s Mama Do was enough for Ricky Wilson. But boy! Did he make her wait for it.

Merseyside teacher and actor Kenny Thompson, 29, kept up Liverpool’s proud singing tradition with his version of Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind. Once again, Ricky had to compete with Sir Tom and, yet again, he lost out.

A rock version of dance classic Everybody’s Free by Rozalla? That’s what 23-year-old Jamie Lovatt from Jersey did to wow Ricky and Kylie. He had a difficult choice, but in the end he went with the Kaiser Chiefs singer.

South African-born Nomakhosi Nkosi took the last place available on Team Kylie. The 22-year-old gave a sultry, jazzy version of Motown classic Get Ready by The Temptations.

Cherri Prince, who works in a doctor’s surgery, made it through the blind auditions to join Team Will. Her rendition of Sam Brown classic Stop was exactly what he was hoping to find for his team.

The blind auditions are now over and the pop hopefuls will battle it out in the first of the knock-out rounds, where the teams will be whittled down from 12 to six, and the judges will have a chance to poach their rivals' talent.

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