Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue were both forced to wave goodbye to one of their contestants this week, bringing the number of finalists down to 16. And while there’s some criticism over the live shows not being as entertaining as the blind auditions, BBC One is still managing to attract 8 million viewers. For the singers competing in the show, it beats performing in their local pub.
Backstage there were tears as Jessie’s act Ruth-Ann St Luce and Danny’s cheerleader Hannah Berney left the show, and sighs of relief for the remaining talented vocalists that are still in the competition and still in with a chance of winning £100,000 and a record contract with Universal. At this stage there’s all to play for, but some contestants have created more of a buzz than others. Very has exclusive backstage news about what’s really happening with your favourite contestants:
She’s one of the youngest contestants in the show but 18-year-old Becky Hill has a mature smoky voice way beyond her years. As Danny said, she brought her ‘A Game’ for her rendition of Basemnet Jaxx. Becky is living away from her home in Worcestershire for the first time but she seems to have settled in London ok, making friends with fellow show mate Ruth Brown. Could we expect a duet? Becky has a fabulous sense of style – we loved her leather jacket.
Vince’s cover of Elvis’s Always On My Mind caused a standing ovation among the judges, with the highest praise coming from Tom Jones. Tom has worked with Elvis in the past and still praised Vince for putting his own twist on the tune. Very can now reveal that Vince has a lot of support among celebrities at home. He’s being backed by Lana Del Ray, who he’s supported at a gig, as well as The Saturday’s Vanessa White, Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch and Kate Moss, who have all seen him perform at previous events. The Kidd’s going to go far!
The posh rock chick, sticking to her trademark image of a tight vest and layered necklaces put on a really brave show and made her mentor Danny O’Donoghue cry. Bo’s mother is seriously ill in hospital and the lyrics of the Kate Bush song Running Up The Hill had lyrics that were close to home. Behind the scenes, Bo’s mentioned to shows producers that she wasn’t sure if she has the strength to carry on…we hope she finds an inner reserve.
Toni Warne had her confidence dented after she found herself in the bottom two. Despite a strong performance of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary and an attention grabbing black dress, the TV viewers did not vote for her. This may be because she opened the show and traditionally talent show openers do less well in the public vote than singers who perform at the end and stick in people’s minds. Thankfully, Toni has mentor Jessie J to boost her back up and after the show, Jessie told Toni to keep her head up and said she still believed in her.
REMAINING TEAM JESSIE J CONTESTANTS: Toni Warne, Cassius Henry, Becky Hill, Vince Kidd
REMAINING TEAM DANNY CONTESTANTS: Max Milner, Bo Bruce, Aleks Josh, David Julien
The next episode is 12 May and in the meantime we’ll be working on getting some behind the scenes gossip for you. Don’t miss it!
Love Zoe x