Voice Finalists Leah McFall, Mike Ward, Andrea Begley, Matt Henry – tonight saw the live semi-final of The Voice and there were some close calls to make from the 4 judges teams.
Most people would rate Will.i.am’s team as possibly the strongest of the four this year and things weren’t made easy for the voting public as Leah had a less strong performance than last week and Cleo Higgins had what was easily her best week of the whole series.
Having said that it was the right decision to put Leah through to next week’s final after her performances over the last few weeks. There are many people who believe that she is a real find for the show and her highly individual performances of Minnie Ripperton’s Lovin’ You and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, show a real talent for making difficult and iconic songs her own.
The Minnie Ripperton song has notes in it that only dogs can hear and the Gloria Gaynor song has become a karaoke classic but both sounded fresh and new in Leah’s hands. Last week’s iTunes release of I Will Survive got to Number 3 in the charts and quickly became The Voice’s biggest hit easily outshining last year’s winner Leanne Mitchell’s earlier release of Run To You, which only made it to Number 45. Prior to Leah’s release the highest position any act from The Voice had reached was Tyler James’ Single Tear which got to Number 28 last year.
The other singer who seems destined for big things this year is country singer Mike Ward. He manages to combine an authentic sounding American country voice with good looks and modesty and even if things don’t work out here we think he could make a great career for himself in the US. Although he beat Joseph Apostol in the public vote there is still a small audience for country music in the UK.
The 2 hour live final of The Voice can be seen on BBC1 next Saturday starting at 7.15 pm.
Check out that brilliant version of I Will Survive by Leah Mcfall from last week’s show below