Episode 4 of The Voice reaches us again this Saturday, with judges Rita Ora, Will.iam, Ricky Wilson and Tom Jones eager to get more voices on their team of 12 to take to the battles.
This week’s set of contestants:
Tim Arnold aged 39 from London will be singing Kate Nash’s ‘Running Up That Hill’. He achieved some success as a singer and songwriter for Britpop band ‘Jocasta’ in the mid-nighties who were signed by massive record label Sony however ended up being dropped the day the album was released! Tim’s mother is actress Polly Perkins who played Rose Cotton in Eastenders.
Kim Alvord from Manchester has had her fair share of stardom, who has performed in front of 20,000 people at Manchester’s MEN Arena in support of The Saturdays. She narrowly missed becoming a part of the girl group, and also S Club Juniors. When she was 17 she sang in front of Take That star Gary Barlow who gave her great feedback! The 24 year old gave up her well paid, full-time job to dedicate her time to singing and pursue her dream. Kim has crossed paths with coach Rita Ora when attending auditions and wonders if she will remember her. She will be singing Paolo Nutini’s song ‘Scream (Funk My Life).
48 year old Dawn Allen from Leicester started out her music career playing the trumpet, when she first started at school. It was indeed the trumpet that took her out to Ibiza to work aged 30 for 10 years and this was where she started to sing full time. Her dad was her first inspiration, and is a massive fan of Sir Tom Jones. ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’ by Angie Stone is the song she will be performing for the coaches.
One person One Direction fans may recognise is 23 year old Ross Harris from the West Midlands who is Liam Payne’s cousin! Ross is going to be singing ‘Good Kisser’ by Usher and is a full-time session musician who has played for Union J, The Saturdays, Neon Jungle, Ella Henderson and Laura Welch. He first started to play the drums at the very young age of 3, but is now looking to step out of the drum kit and become the singer himself as a solo performer.
The Mac Bros are a duo from Wallasey in Liverpool who both met on the music scene. The 24 year olds are Ally and Calum, where Ally heard Calum’s vocals from his previous band and approached him – they have since been a duo for 3 years. They started off by busking and booking a few gigs which enabled them a performance at Eric’s Bar in Liverpool, performances at weddings and festivals. The pair will be singing a medley of Queen, Chuck Berry and The Kaiser Chiefs.
Essex girl Holly Barrie is aged 30 and works as a dog walker and Animal Presenter – she walks 16 – 20 dogs per day in the morning and in the afternoon she goes into schools to teach about animals. Prince Charles has heard Holly sing to him, saying that “she’s a fantastic talent and must be discovered”. She’s going to be singing ‘Timber’ by Pitbull ft Ke$ha.
Singing ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ by the Eurythmics is Ciaran O’Driscoll aged 25 from Derry, Northern Ireland which is where he grew up. When he was younger, he used to save up his lunch money to pay for his singing lessons – his mum hasn’t heard him sing for a long time but he thinks she will be pleasantly surprised when she hears his voice again. Ciaran grew up listening to Charlotte Church and other female vocalists.
Morven Brown is a 17 year old currently studying at Glasgow Academy who works over the summer for a law firm as her mother is a lawyer. One of her biggest supporters is her mum, which she calls her ‘Mummager’ and her singing teacher also has a strong belief in her, sending Morven’s songs she has written all across the world. She will be singing ‘Afterglow’ by Wilkinson.
Also attempting to win over the coaches is 17 year old Oli Bond from Kent who is singing ‘All Along The Watch’ by Jimmy Hendrix. He is currently studying his A Levels and friends describe Oli as eccentric as he recently bought 13 suits from local charity shops! The Jazz Band at his school was founded by him and is also a member of the school swing band.
Rosa Iamele, 16 from London has just completed her GCSE’s and plans to take gap year before University to pursue a music career and then potentially going to study Law in the future. She was brought up listening to Jazz artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Aside from the music, she has a massive interest in fashion which is most probably due to the fact her mother used to be a fashion designer. Rosa is singing ‘White Noise’ by Disclosure.
52 year old Sharon Murphy is from County Clare in Ireland who gigged for 15 years but stopped 12 years ago when she was 40. She works at the moment as a diversity activist for Galway 1 World Centre and has done for 13 years. ‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan is the song she is singing which she hopes will make the coaches turn round.
Identical twins Shereen and Sophia live, work and sing together and go by the name of Dtwinz and are aged 23, London. The girls are the youngest of six children and have grown up loving music from a young age and have now moved into a flat together and made themselves a recording studio. Motivating them both to be successful is their dad, who was a singer and is very supportive of them. Dtwinz will be performing ‘Shy Guy’ by Diana King.
Cai Williams is 34 from Blaenavon, Wales. He lives with his mother in their small town in Wales and said he would fall to the floor if ‘legend’ and fellow Welshman Sir Tom Jones turned around for him as Cai sees himself as a younger version of Tom – performing at the same sorts of venues he did. Cai is going to be singing ‘License To Kill’ by Gladys Knight.
Performing musical number ‘Bring Him Home’ by Les Miserables is Stephen Bloy, 44, from Crawley in East Sussex. He works at a church centre as a caretaker and sings every Sunday there. Stephen tends to organise singing events, and thanks to him and his wife the numbers of people coming to the church have grown – previously, they were struggling to get enough people to come and watch.
Olivia Lawson from Sunderland is 17 and is in the last year of sixth form and she also works part time as an Admin Assistant at a hospital which helps her pay for her music lessons. Her dad is the head teacher at the same school and she admits its quite embarrassing for her at times! Unusually, she didn’t come from a musical family which is why she was so shy to sing at first. She’s going to be singing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana.
Catch episode 4 of The Voice UK on BBC One this Saturday 31st January at 7pm.
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