The Voice UK (series 1)

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The Voice UK
Series 1
Broadcast from 24 March (2012-03-24) – 2 June 2012 (2012-06-02)
Tom Jones
Jessie J
Danny O'Donoghue
Presenter(s) Holly Willoughby
Reggie Yates
Broadcaster BBC One
Finals venue Elstree Studios
Leanne Mitchell
Origin Lowestoft, England
Song "Run to You"
Genre(s) Pop
Mentor Tom Jones
Bo Bruce and Tyler James

The Voice UK is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The first series began on 24 March 2012 and ended on 2 June 2012. The show was co-presented by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates on BBC One. The series was won by Leanne Mitchell, who was on Tom Jones' team.

Coaches and presenters[edit]

The Voice UK series 1 coaches
Danny O'Donoghue
Tom Jones
Jessie J

Huge speculation began when the BBC announced that there would be four coaches on the panel of The Voice. It was said that Kylie Minogue was due to become a coach on the show, but it would have cost the TV station too much to get her on the panel.[1] Her sister, Dannii Minogue was also confirmed to be in the running after she left the panel of The X Factor.[2] Mark Owen[2] and Lenny Kravitz were strong candidates for the role.[2] Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays was also confirmed to be in the running.[3] It was later confirmed by the BBC that Will Young was one of their favourites to get on the panel.[4] Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs was also in the running.[4] Adele was the BBC's first Celebrity to be considered for the role as they said, "'Adele's success is all down to her incredible voice and, in this way, embodies all that The Voice represents. She's honest, funny and loved by millions of people of all ages. "[5] The shows producers were impressed with Cee Lo Green's performance on the U. S. version of the show and wanted him on the UK version, but he turned the chance down.[6] Dannii Minogue's former work mate, Cheryl Cole was also said to be in the running to be a coach on the show.[7] However, Cole and Minogue were both ruled out of the running after producers of the show said they wanted to "start fresh" and not have The X Factor left overs.[8] However, though Cole and Minogue were ruled out the BBC were keen to show enthusiasm about Charlotte Church, Robbie Williams and Jessie J was also announced to be in the running.[8] Tom Jones was offered a role on the show, and later accepted the offer.[9] It was revealed that Frankie Sandford was on the verge of signing a contract to become a coach.[10] George Michael and Mary J. Blige were also in the running to be on the show,[11] with Blige saying on Alan Carr: Chatty Man she has had meetings about her future on the show, she spoke "I have been approached and we have been in discussions about The Voice. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right now. We'll have to wait and see. "[11] was confirmed to be close to signing a contract with the show producers to become a coach on the show.[12][13] It was said that Frankie Sandford was awaiting to finalise her contract, but she pulled out of becoming a coach on the show because of her "busy schedule".[14] After Sandford revealed that she would not be joining the panel, the panel line-up was announced to be, Jessie J,, Tom Jones and The Script lead singer, Danny O'Donoghue.[15]

Controversy arose after O'Donoghue was announced as a coach, being picked over Will Young. Young put on his Twitter account, "The Voice came, the Voice went. They wanted to go more rock... Should have dusted off my Leather jacket! Hey ho, (sic)" he said, before adding: "Hang on... Just got Jimmy Page on the line. I'm commiserating him." A tweet the previous night may have also been connected to the loss of role saying, "Words escape me. Life is sometimes a bitch".[16] In an interview with the Daily Star, Young stated he was "devastated" that he didn't get the job saying, "Of course I’m disappointed not to be doing the show, not to mention how it’s been handled. But the support from fans has been overwhelming. They really have been amazing."[17] Many celebrities hit back at O'Donoghue in defence to Young, including Professor Green, who argued that "No one knows who Danny is" as well as saying to The Sun, "That's really s**t that they dumped Will for him. He would have been perfect for that job. He really knows what he is talking about when it comes to making music... I liked him.".[18]

Former The X Factor contestants Shayne Ward and Stacey Solomon were both in the running to be the host of the show.[19] The One Show presenter Alex Jones was also in the running to be a presenter.[19] Despite Dermot O'Leary signing a three year contract with The X Factor, The Voice producers are eager to have him present the show.[20] It was also said that Emile Heskey was in the running.[20] However, former, The Xtra Factor and This Morning host, Holly Willoughby was confirmed to be in the running after she left as the host on Dancing on Ice.[21] It was later confirmed that Willoughby and BBC Radio presenter, Reggie Yates would present the show.[21]


  •      Winner
  •      Runner-ups
  •      Fourth Place
  •      Eliminated in the Live shows
  •      Eliminated in the Battle rounds
Coaches Top 40 Artists
Tyler James Jaz Ellington Frances Wood Joelle Moses Sophie Griffin
Heshima Thompson Jay Norton Kate Read Jenny Jones J Marie Cooper
Jessie J
Vince Kidd Becky Hill Toni Warne Cassius Henry Ruth-Ann St. Luce
Jessica Hammond Indie & Pixie Kirsten Joy David Faulkner Ben Kelly
Sir Tom Jones
Leanne Mitchell Ruth Brown Matt & Sueleen Adam Isaac Samuel Buttery
Barbara Bryceland Deniece Pearson Lindsey Butler Denise Morgan Aundrea Nyle
Danny O'Donoghue
Bo Bruce Max Milner David Julien Aleks Josh Hannah Berney
Vince Freeman Bill Downs John James Newman Emmy J Mac Murray Hockridge

Blind auditions[edit]

The blind auditions began in London on 18 January 2012 at the BBC Television Centre and finished filming on 22 January 2012. Each coach has the length of the artists' performance to decide if they want that artist on their team. Should two or more coaches want the same artist, then the artist gets to choose their coach. Once the coaches have picked their team, they are to pit them against each other in the ultimate sing off; the battles.

Colour key
   Coach hit his/her "I WANT YOU" button
     Artist defaulted to this coach's team
     Artist elected to join this coach's team
     Artist eliminated with no coach pressing his or her "I WANT YOU" button
     Artist received an 'All Turn'.

Episode 1 (24 March)[edit]

The first blind audition episode was broadcast on 24 March 2012.[22]

Group performance: The Voice UK Coaches – "I Gotta Feeling"

Order Artist Age Song Coaches and artists choices[22] Jessie Tom Danny
1 Jessica Hammond 17 "Price Tag"
2 Sean Conlon 30 "Trouble"
3 Samuel Buttery 20 "Set Fire to the Rain"
4 Toni Warne 34 "Leave Right Now"
5 Aundrea Nyle 36 "Crazy"
6 Adam Isaac 28 "Maybe Tomorrow"
7 Max Milner 20 "Come Together"/"Lose Yourself"
8 Ben Kelly 22 "Rocket Man"
9 Twinnie Lee Moore 24 "The Climb"
10 Phil Poole 27 "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)"
11 J Marie Cooper 27 "Mamma Knows Best"

Episode 2 (31 March)[edit]

The second blind audition episode was broadcast on 31 March 2012.[23]

Order Artist Age Song Coaches and artists choices[23] Jessie Tom Danny
1 Heshima Thompson 25 "Dynamite"
2 Barbara Bryceland 49 "Wild Horses"
3 David Julien 23 "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
4 Kerry Ellis 31 "Son of a Preacher Man"
5 Vince Kidd 22 "Like a Virgin"
6 Shansel Huseyin 17 "Nessun dorma"
7 Ross Wild N/A "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
8 Sam Thornton N/A "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
9 Siobhan Stott N/A "Hallelujah"
10 Vince Freeman 34 "Sex on Fire"
11 Aleks Josh 17 "I'm Yours"
12 Frances Wood 18 "Where Is the Love?"
13 Matt & Sueleen Fletcher 34 & 34 "A Little Time"
14 Holly Cosgrove 16 "You Need Me, I Don't Need You"
15 Deniece Pearson 43 "Fighter"
16 David Faulkner 29 "Superstition"

Episode 3 (7 April)[edit]

The third blind audition episode was broadcast on 7 April 2012.[24]

Order Artist Age Song Coaches and artists choices[24] Jessie Tom Danny
1 Joelle Moses 21 "Rolling in the Deep"
2 Jay Norton 24 "I Need a Dollar"
3 Allyson Brown 29 "Somebody Else's Guy"
4 Leanne Mitchell 28 "If I Were a Boy"
5 Cassius Henry 32 "Closer"
6 Denise Morgan 31 "Love Song"
7 Murray Hockridge 47 "You Give Me Something"
8 Hannah Berney 20 "You and I"
9 Cris Grixti 31 "Forget You"
10 Bill Downs 23 "She Said"
11 Kate Read 19 "True Colors"
12 Kirsten Joy 25 "Heaven"
13 Ruth-Ann St. Luce 18 "Run"
14 Alys Williams 24 "Someone like You"
15 Nathan James 23 "Livin' on a Prayer"
16 Tyler James 27 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"
17 Bo Bruce 28 "Without You"

Episode 4 (14 April)[edit]

The fourth and final blind audition episode was broadcast on 14 April 2012.[25]

Order Artist Age Song Coaches and artists choices[25] Jessie Tom Danny
1 Emmy J Mac 21 "Put Your Records On"
2 Jenny Jones 25 "Mercy"
3 Sophie Griffin 17 "American Boy"
4 Ben Lake 33 "I (Who Have Nothing)"
5 Indie & Pixie 17 & 18 "Perfect"
6 Lindsey Butler 41 "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
7 Harriet Whitehead 17 "What's Up?"
8 John James Newman 33 "Pack Up"/"Don't Worry, Be Happy"
9 Ruth Brown 19 "When Love Takes Over" N/A
10 Becky Hill 18 "Ordinary People" N/A N/A
11 Chloe Blackwell 21 "This Love" N/A N/A N/A
12 Daniel Walker 35 "Kiss from a Rose" N/A N/A N/A
13 Jaz Ellington1 27 "The A Team" N/A N/A N/A
  1. ^ The artist Jaz Ellington was requested, by coach Jessie J, to sing a second track; despite having already joined coach's team. Ellington selected "Ordinary People" by John Legend, having already performed "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran.

Battle rounds[edit]

The recording of the battle rounds took place on 22 and 23 February 2012 at The Fountain Studios in Wembley with five artists from each team progressing to the live shows. Each coach pitted two of their ten artists together as they performed a song of the coach's choice at the same time in a boxing ring-styled stage. After the two artists completed the song, one progressed to the live shows and one was eliminated from the competition. Once the coaches had completed this process, they each had five artists for the live shows.

The battle advisors for these episodes were: Paloma Faith working with Danny O'Donoghue, Cerys Matthews of Catatonia working with Tom Jones, Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters working with Jessie J, and Dante Santiago working with[26]

The battle round episodes aired on the 21 and 22 April 2012, in a special "battles weekend" (as the blind auditions were only shown on Saturdays).

Colour key
       Artist won the Battle and advanced to the Live shows
       Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated

Episode 1 (21 April)[edit]

The first of two battle rounds premiered on 21 April 2012.[27]

Order Coach Artists Song
1 Jenny Jones Joelle Moses "I'm Every Woman"
2 Danny O'Donoghue Max Milner Bill Downs "Beggin'"
3 Tom Jones Samuel Buttery Aundrea Nyle "A Little Less Conversation"
4 Jessie J Kirsten Joy Toni Warne "Think"
5 Danny O'Donoghue Vince Freeman Bo Bruce "With or Without You"
6 Tyler James Heshima Thompson "Yeah 3x"
7 Jessie J Jessica Hammond Vince Kidd "We Found Love"
8 Jaz Ellington Jay Norton "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
9 Tom Jones Ruth Brown Deniece Pearson "No One"

Episode 2 (22 April)[edit]

The second of two battle rounds premiered on 22 April 2012.[28]

Order Coach Artists Song
1 Jessie J Cassius Henry David Faulkner "Beat It"
2 Tom Jones Barbara Bryceland Leanne Mitchell "The Edge of Glory"
3 Frances Wood Kate Read "Ironic"
4 Danny O'Donoghue Aleks Josh Emmy J Mac "Broken Strings"
5 Jessie J Ruth-Ann St. Luce Ben Kelly "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"
6 Tom Jones Matt & Sueleen Lindsey Butler "Born to Run"
7 Danny O'Donoghue Hannah Berney Murray Hockridge "Kids"
8 Jessie J Becky Hill Indie & Pixie "Irreplaceable"
9 Tom Jones Denise Morgan Adam Isaac "Use Somebody"
10 Sophie Griffin J Marie Cooper "Firework"
11 Danny O'Donoghue David Julien John James Newman "Dakota"

Live shows[edit]

The live performance shows are aired live from Elstree Studios and will run for six consecutive weeks, ending on 2 June 2012. The first results show on 29 April featured a performance from American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey[29] with British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé performing during the second results show on 6 May 2012.[30] American group Scissor Sisters performed during the third result show on 13 May 2012[31] with The Voice UK Battle Round Adviser Paloma Faith performing during the fourth results show on 20 May 2012.[32] Cheryl and Kylie Minogue performed during the fifth live show[33][34] It was confirmed on 18 May 2012 that the final on 2 June 2012 would feature performances from Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5.[35]

Results summary[edit]

Team's colour key
     – Team Will
     – Team Jessie
     – Team Tom
     – Team Danny
Result's colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two or three
     – Contestant was eliminated
     – Contestant who received the most public votes
     – Contestant did not perform on that particular week
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Round 1 Round 2
Leanne Mitchell Safe Bottom three Safe Safe Winner
(week 6)
Bo Bruce Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
(week 6)
Tyler James Safe Bottom three Safe Safe Runner-up
(week 6)
Vince Kidd Safe Safe Safe 4th Eliminated
(week 6)
Becky Hill Safe Bottom three Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Jaz Ellington Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Max Milner Bottom two Bottom three Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Ruth Brown Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Aleks Josh Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Cassius Henry Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
David Julien Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Toni Warne Bottom two Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Adam Isaac Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Frances Wood Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Joelle Moses Bottom two Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Matt & Sueleen Bottom two Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Hannah Berney Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
Ruth-Ann St. Luce Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
Samuel Buttery Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Sophie Griffin Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (28 & 29 April)[edit]

The first live show aired on 28 April 2012 - with Team Tom and Team performing.[36]

Artist Order Song[36] Coach Result[38]
Joelle Moses 1 "I'm Goin' Down" Bottom two
Samuel Buttery 2 "A Little Respect" Tom Jones Eliminated
Frances Wood 3 "Ain't Nobody" Safe
Adam Isaac 4 "All My Life" Tom Jones Safe
Jaz Ellington 5 "At Last" Safe
Leanne Mitchell 6 "Who Knew" Tom Jones Safe
Sophie Griffin 7 "Titanium" Eliminated
Matt & Sueleen 8 "Go Your Own Way" Tom Jones Bottom two
Tyler James 9 "Higher Love" Safe
Ruth Brown 10 "Get Here" Tom Jones Safe

Week 2 (5 & 6 May)[edit]

The second live show aired on 5 May 2012 - with Team Jessie and Team Danny performing.[39]

Artist Order Song[39] Coach Result
Toni Warne 1 "Proud Mary" Jessie J Bottom two
Max Milner 2 "Free Fallin" Danny O'Donoghue Bottom two
Ruth-Ann St. Luce 3 "Promise This" Jessie J Eliminated
Hannah Berney 4 "Cry Me a River"/"Cry Me a River" Danny O'Donoghue Eliminated
Vince Kidd 5 "Always on My Mind" Jessie J Safe
Aleks Josh 6 "Dream a Little Dream of Me" Danny O'Donoghue Safe
Cassius Henry 7 "Paradise" Jessie J Safe
David Julien 8 "Sweet Disposition" Danny O'Donoghue Safe
Becky Hill 9 "Good Luck" Jessie J Safe
Bo Bruce 10 "Running Up that Hill" Danny O'Donoghue Safe

Week 3 (12 & 13 May)[edit]

The third live show aired on Saturday 12 May 2012 - with Team Tom and Team performing. Both judges had to eliminate two of their artists, leaving them with two each for the semi-final shows.

Artist Order Song Coach Result
Leanne Mitchell 1 "I Put a Spell on You" Tom Jones Bottom three
Frances Wood 2 "Show Me Love" Eliminated
Matt & Sueleen 3 "Missing" Tom Jones Eliminated
Joelle Moses 4 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Eliminated
Ruth Brown 5 "Next to Me" Tom Jones Safe
Tyler James 6 "Sign Your Name" Bottom three
Adam Isaac 7 "High and Dry" Tom Jones Eliminated
Jaz Ellington 8 "Just the Way You Are"/"Just the Way You Are" Safe

Week 4 (19 & 20 May)[edit]

The fourth live show was on Saturday 19 May 2012 - with Team Danny and Team Jessie performing. Both judges had to eliminate two of their artists, leaving them with two each for the semi-final shows.[40]

Artist Order Song[40] Coach Result[41]
Max Milner 1 "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" Danny O'Donoghue Bottom three
Cassius Henry 2 "Turning Tables" Jessie J Eliminated
Bo Bruce 3 "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" Danny O'Donoghue Safe
Vince Kidd 4 "My Love Is Your Love" Jessie J Safe
Aleks Josh 5 "Better Together" Danny O'Donoghue Eliminated
Becky Hill 6 "Seven Nation Army" Jessie J Bottom three
David Julien 7 "She Will Be Loved" Danny O'Donoghue Eliminated
Toni Warne 8 "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Jessie J Eliminated

Week 5: Semi-final (26 & 27 May)[edit]

The fifth live show aired on 26 May 2012, with all teams performing. The public then chose one artist from each team to advance to the final. For the first time in the series, Cheryl's performance was live on Saturday's show, but Kylie's performance was broadcast on Sunday's results show. It was also the first time there were two special musical guests.

Artist Order Song[42] Coach Result
Ruth Brown 1 "The Voice Within" Tom Jones Eliminated
Vince Kidd 2 "Back to Black" Jessie J Safe
Max Milner 3 "Every Breath You Take" Danny O'Donoghue Eliminated
Jaz Ellington 4 "Let It Be" Eliminated
Leanne Mitchell 5 "Run to You" Tom Jones Safe
Becky Hill 6 "Like a Star" Jessie J Eliminated
Bo Bruce 7 "Charlie Brown" Danny O'Donoghue Safe
Tyler James 8 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Safe

Week 6: Final (2 June)[edit]

The final live show aired on 2 June 2012. Each coach had one artist each in their team, and for the first time in the series, each artist performed three songs: a solo number, a duet with their coach and their favourite song of the series.

Order Coach Artist First song[44] Second song (duet)[44] Third song[44] Result
1 Danny O'Donoghue Bo Bruce "Nothing Compares 2 U" "Read All About It" (with Danny O'Donoghue) "Charlie Brown" Runner-up
2 Tom Jones Leanne Mitchell "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (with Tom Jones) "Run to You" Winner
3 Tyler James "I'll Be There" "OMG" (with "Higher Love" Runner-up
4 Jessie J Vince Kidd "Many Rivers to Cross" "Nobody's Perfect" (with Jessie J) N/A (already eliminated) Eliminated



Episode Date Official ratings[45]
(in millions)
Weekly rank[45] Share Source
Blind auditions 1 24 March 9.44 5 37.6% [46]
Blind auditions 2 31 March 9.93 2 39.3% [47]
Blind auditions 3 7 April 10.71 1 41.1% [48]
Blind auditions 4 14 April 11.99 1 45.5% [49]
Battle rounds 1 21 April 11.24 1 42.3% [50]
Battle rounds 2 22 April 10.98 2 38.5% [51]
Live show 1 28 April 10.51 1 41.8% [52]
Results 1 29 April 9.17 2 35.1% [53]
Live show 2 5 May 9.36 3 35.6% [54]
Results 2 6 May 7.24 13 30.3% [55]
Live show 3 12 May 6.54 23 29.4% [56]
Results 3 13 May 6.75 19 26.4% [57]
Live show 4 19 May 6.79 12 27.9% [58]
Results 4 20 May 6.28 18 26.2% [59]
Live show 5 26 May 5.25 20 28.8% [60]
Results 5 27 May 5.14 21 26.5% [61]
Live final 2 June 7.82 4 34.2% [62]
Series average 2012 8.54 8 34.5%

Criticism and controversy[edit]

BBC Radio 2's Paul Gambaccini told the Radio Times that The Voice UK is "karaoke", and Mark Goodier questioned the motives of Universal Music saying, "Universal have to be doing this because they want market share." On whether The Voice is to become a "huge hit" in the UK, he added, "It really depends on whether they find a star or not."[63]

During the performance in the Semi Final, Becky Hill forgot her words and said an explicit word.[citation needed] Willoughby apologized after the performance. An edited version to the performance was posted on and YouTube.


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