will.i.am, 44, was joined by his fellow The Voice stars Sir Tom Jones, 79, newcomer Meghan Trainor, 26, and pop sensation Olly Murs, 35, for the third round of the blind auditions. The famous faces heard a number of hopeful singers take to the stage to try and secure a place on one of the coaches teams. However, the Black Eyed Peas band member broke the rules of the ITV reality show and left viewers in uproar by making a shock decision to speak with a contestant, despite not turning for them.
Hopeful singers know if none of the panel hit the button and turn their chair for the them, then they don’t get to speak with the coaches.
This was a rule which was brought into place in 2017 when the show underwent a shake-up to proceedings, leaving the contestants even more disappointed if they didn’t make it through.
Last night’s instalment saw grime artist AK take to the stage, but failed to impress any of the famous faces with his performance as he forgot his lyrics.
Feeling sorry for the youngster, will.i.am took the decision to join him on stage after he received a null response from the judges, leaving viewers clamining the Black Eyed Peas band member had broken the rules.
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As no chairs had turned for him, it was clear AK was disappointed, but he got a shock surprise when will.i.am came to comfort him.
Following the mistake of forgetting the words to his original rap, kickstarting Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, the coach asked the contestant: “What happened out there?
The singer replied: “I was so ready and I was practising so much.
“As soon as I missed one bit, I was trying to catch it. I knew when the break came I was going to hit it even harder and make someone turn. But it is what it is.”
However, not all were opposed to will.i.am’s rule break, as a fourth remarked: “will is such a geniunely nice fella he knew the guy messed up and wanted to make sure he was alright after his stumble #thevoiceuk.”
A fifth opined: “That was good of Will to go out, he didn’t have to #TheVoiceUK.”
Speaking with the rest of the panel, the coach said: “We saw someone stumble, fall, and then get up,” after the contestant got back on track after forgetting his lines.
Olly replied: “We’ve all been there as artists and it’s not nice to make those mistakes.”
“He can now learn from that mistake for the next time he performs,” the former X Factor contestant continued.
Newcomer to the coach line-up Meghan explained: “That used to happen to me. If I messed up one little thing, I’d freak myself out and mess up the rest of the song.”
will.i.am proceeded to add more hopeful singers to his team, with the pop star likely to build his ranks as the blind auditions continue in the coming weeks.
With Olly the reining champion having won with Molly Hocking last year, will the Black Eyed Peas band member secure his second victory this series?
The Voice UK 2020 continues Saturday at 8.30pm on ITV.