Having jumped out of the way of Saturday’s Britain’s Got Talent final, Friday night on BBC One saw the start of The Voice 2013 live shows with the quarter finals.
In what must be the most complicated format of any talent show in the world, this round featured yet another new set of elimination rules. The BBC could have really done with issuing an official rule book to accompany the series.
After the previous battle and knockout rounds though, it made a nice change in Fridays show to simply watch each act perform one song, on their own, for more than 30 seconds.
However the quarter finals still featured one problem than seems to be a regular theme on The Voice, I don’t recognize half the songs. In what appears to be the musical version of the quiz show Pointless, the aim of the show seems to be to pick the most obscure song they can think of in the hope nobody else will know it and add £250 to the jackpot.
Personally I found this a shame as this years quarter finals actually featured a number of good vocalists and with some better song choices could have been quite a show.
Perhaps this issue could go some way to explaining why even coach will.i.am spent more time apparently tweeting on his phone, rather than paying attention to any of the performances. More likely he was Googling the lyrics to work out what songs the contestants were even singing.
Here’s the list of who sung what, which singers were eliminated and who made it through to next weeks live semi-finals:
Ash Morgan – “Lego House” – Fast pass
Matt Henry – “Wonder” – Public Vote Winner
Sarah Cassidy – “Love Sensation” – Eliminated
Joseph Apostol – “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” – Fast pass
Mike Ward – “When I Was Your Man” – Public Vote Winner
Alys Williams – “Is This Love” – Eliminated
Andrea Begley – “Ho Hey” – Fast pass
Karl Michael – “A Thousand Years” – Public Vote Winner
Mitchel Emms – “Radioactive” – Eliminated
Leah McFall – “I Will Survive” – Fast pass
Cleo Higgins – “Imagine” – Public Vote Winner
Leanne Jarvis – “Where Have You Been” – Eliminated