Nine Acts Through As The Voice Battles Begin
Hopefuls Jaz Ellington and Ruth Brown impress in the head-to-heads...
Things got serious on The Voicelast night as the first of the battle rounds saw nine acts go through to the live stage.
Pitting two of their own acts against each other in a head-to-head duet, the coaches found themselves facing tough decisions all round as they were forced to send one singer from each battle home.
Finding the cut particularly difficult was Jessie J's hopes through to the final stages were Toni Warne, who edged out rival Kirsten Joy with a storming rendition of Aretha Franklin classic Think. Joining Toni in the live stages will be Vince Kidd, who forced Jessie to make the 'tough' decision to send Jessica Hammond home after the pair sang Rihanna's We Found Love.
It was a tough night for will.i.am too. Joelle Moses was the first act to make it through to the final stages of the competition, beating barmaid Jenny Jones with her performance of Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman.
Throwing a musical 'curveball' in the shape of Yeah 3x at Tyler James and Heshima Thompson left both contestants struggling to put their stamp on the Chris Brown song. In the end it was Amy Winehouse's friend Tyler that won through.
Then came show favourite Jaz Ellington who was pitched against Jay Norton for a performance of Marvin Gaye's Heard It Through The Grapevine. Despite suffering with a chest infection, and despite Will declaring that Jay was "better than Justin Timberlake", Jaz was declared the winner.
Tune in to The Voice at 7.30pm on BBC1 tonight to see the remaining acts do battle.