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The Voice: Kylie and Tom's knockouts - who made it to the live shows?

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The blinds are over, the battles are done, and now we're here at the Voice knockouts! It's time to find out which stars from Team Kylie and Team Tom are going to make it into the all-important live shows, so they're all going to sing one by one before their coaches decide who to keep and who to brutally, coldly, heartlessly send packing. Fun!

Team Kylie

The Voice UK series 3 judge Kylie Minogue

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First up tonight, it's Team Kylie. She's feeling good about her "dynamic" team, while the team members themselves - Femi Santiago, Jade Mayjean Peters, Jai, Jamie Johnson, Lee Glasson, Leo Ihenacho and Rachael O'Connor - are just raving about how much they like each other. Yeah, we'll see how long that lasts when they're up against each other, eh? As for Kylie, she is "bricking it" about whittling them down. Let's get this thing going...

Leo Ihenacho - 'I Wanna Know What Love Is'

Kylie is a little bit in love with Leo, if all the giggles are anything to go by. Leo is a little bit in love with Kylie, if the cringey admission that he's been counting their hugs is anything to go by. But it's all about the song, so we should probably move on. Kylie's surprised by his song choice ("I'm going to be waiting with an air grab") but she does say that even though he's a favourite of hers, it doesn't guarantee him a place. Leo's performance is great, though - what a song choice, and he has a lovely clear voice. Will is dancing in his chair, the rest of Team Kylie are having a boogie (especially Jai) and there's some falsetto spectacularness. Ricky thinks he really stepped up - is it enough?

Leo Ihenacho on The Voice knockouts

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Jai - 'Take Your Mama'

Kylie thinks Jai is "unlike anyone else", and she's super happy to hear the song choice - especially since Jake Shears was just her mentor. Jai really connects to the song because it makes her think of his son, but Kylie's worried she's not getting the timing quite right. "I want to encourage her, but I don't want to smother the essence of Jai," Kylie declares, which sounds... odd. Still, Jai is now inspired to deliver on the night - and her performance is really entertaining. I don't think she's got all the timing quite right still, but her voice is so unusual and listenable. Ricky's verdict? "Great."

Jai McConnell on the Voice knockouts

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Jade Mayjean Peters - 'Blue Moon'

It's pretty nice to hear that Jade's going old school for her knockout, taking on 'Blue Moon' - and Kylie thinks it shows her "more mature bluesy side". She's a little concerned that Jade could slip into a Stars in Their Eyes-style impersonation, but I don't think that's a problem for Jade - her performance is beautiful and really enjoyable (and it seems like her, not anyone else). Obviously, the show has enjoyed making the most out of her good looks - and the coaches can barely keep their tongues in their mouths as she performs, which is kind of hilarious. But the main thing is her voice, and it's gooood. I don't know how Kylie is going to pick.

Jade Mayjean Peters in the Voice knockouts

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Lee Glasson - 'Careless Whisper'

Kylie thinks Lee has the "most unique voice" on her team - so I'm excited to hear what he does with 'Careless Whisper'. He does think it's a risk changing up a classic song, but if it is, then it most definitely pays off. Will sits up to listen straight away, and Ricky looks confused in a good way. It's 'Careless Whisper' like you haven't heard it before, and it's so good - haunting. Technically, it's kind of exactly the same thing he did in his blind audition, but when it sounds this great, is that a problem? "I actually want to cry," Jade whispers.

Lee Glasson on The Voice knockouts

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Femi Santiago - 'California Dreaming'

Kylie thinks Femi was "destined" to be her steal, but she's a bit worried about his (absolute tune of a) song choice, because she thinks it might get a little clichéd. Luckily, when Femi performs in rehearsals she completely forgets she's meant to be coaching and has a little dance on a box instead: "I was just part of the Femi fanclub." It's easy to see why in his knockout performance - it's so smooth and seems to come pretty naturally to Femi, who even makes the song have a bit of an epic feel to it in bits. Ricky can't stop grinning, while Tom declares that it was a "good steal". "He can sing, that kid."

Femi Santiago in the Voice knockouts

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Rachael O'Connor - 'New York'

Rachael is keen to show Kylie that she can perform upbeat songs, so she chooses Paloma Faith's 'New York' - but Kylie's worried that she's just feeling too nervous. Rachael has come from a small village in Northern Ireland and does describe the whole thing as "scary", while Kylie is basically thrilled when Rachael says she feels "good", just because she's always anxious. You wouldn't know it in the knockout - she has a voice beyond her years (and her dad's incredible dancing is reason for her to go through anyway). I think she's great and Ricky calls her a "ready made popstar", but Kylie says she had to fight through some nerves and Rachael is worried she messed up "big time". Oh dear...

Rachael O'Connor on The Voice knockouts

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Jamie Johnson - 'Sex On Fire'

Kylie likes Jamie because he's always smiling and happy to be there, which is lovely - there's even a montage of him smiling. Cute. Anyway, he's chosen 'Sex On Fire' as his song and Kylie's "elated" because she loves it. The only thing is that she's worried about Jamie oversinging it a little (though it gets a bit awkward when she says: "You don't want to be screaming the house down... maybe you do, 'Sex On Fire'." She actually pretends to be a lorry backing up.) In the event, Jamie properly rocks out during his knockout and handles the song really well - it never feels dated like rock can, and Ricky laughs because he's enjoying it so much.

Kylie's big decision...

It's time for Kylie to pick her final three - though she says there's no way to do it and be happy. First, though, she gets some advice from her coaches. Will complains that the song selections were too obvious - except for Jamie's. So he would pick Jamie, knows that Femi would bring it, and calls Leo "freaking amazing". Ricky - after a weird lobster metaphor we should probably skip over - says the boys did a little better than the girls, while Tom keeps it simple and says he'd keep Jamie, Femi and Rachael.

Kylie thanks everyone for being part of her team ("I'm a bit mother hen - I feel very, very proud") but soon gets on with it, naming Lee Glasson as her first pick. He's followed by Jamie Johnson (who Kylie calls "really consistent") and then finally Rachael O'Connor (who basically falls apart into tears - as well as Jade, who says she doesn't know what's wrong with her, adorably). So that's that - Team Kylie is complete! (Though there are rumbles from the other coaches that they wouldn't have let Femi go...)

Kylie Minogue with her team: Lee Glasson, Rachael O'Connor and Jamie Johnson

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Team Tom

Well, Sir Tom is feeling very confident about his team - he thinks he's got the best knockout team, in fact! He doesn't have two singers alike, and now he's excited about seeing who has the "complete package". As for the contestants, they're all a bit nervous about picking their song, and about the competition. "Go hard or go home," Georgia declares. Let's get this fight started so Tom can see if they'll be "strong" or "crumble"...

The Voice UK series 3 judge Tom Jones

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Celestine - 'You Might Need Somebody'

Tom describes Celestine as a "vibrant person" but will she be able to bring it with 'You Might Need Somebody'? Tom thinks she's great at connecting to songs - she says she'll be thinking of her children when she performs in her knockout - but Celestine knows the competition is "fierce". In the end, her voice is fine and good - but it's just not exciting me all that much. It does get a bit better at the end as Celestine starts taking control of the song a bit more, with some fun runs. Has she done enough?

Celestine on The Voice knockouts

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Melissa - 'I Love Rock N Roll'

Melissa's introductory package is amazing, mainly because Sir Tom seems utterly baffled about hair dye. "Melissa, with her pink hair," he begins. When he sees her: "I'm glad you've still got pink hair." In another interview: "Pink, pink, PINK." It's incredible. Melissa also has to do a bit of singing though, obviously, and she's chosen 'I Love Rock N Roll', but is going to strip it down for a different take on the song. This is good, because Tom does an impression of Melissa's version. In the actual knockout, Melissa's take is definitely different - vintage and cool - but I don't think it's the best she's sung, perhaps because of nerves. I do like it, though. "That was explosive," Will announces.

Melissa on The Voice knockouts

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Gary Poole - 'Freedom'

Tom is pleased that Gary is a vocal coach, because it means that he's musical - he has that "soul thing" and is a natural performer. Gary decides to sing 'Freedom' because he thinks it's a crowdpleasing song - he wants to get everyone singing along - but Tom warns him not to overdo it when he's singing it. In the knockout, Gary does get people singing along - including Ricky - and I do think he's managed to tone things down from rehearsals. I don't think he's as strong as some of Tom's other acts, but it was a good performance.

Gary Poole on The Voice knockouts

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Bizzi Dixon - 'When I Need You'

Tom's very happy to have Bizzi on his team, because he's a gospel singer - and he's pleased to hear there'll be a "Bizzi twist" on 'When I Need You'. Bizzi used to sing the song when he was a kid, but Tom wants to make sure he doesn't go too "oobly oobly" with it. No, us neither. Apparently, oobly oobly is a Sir Tom Jones creation: "When someone does a jazz run, I'm not too fond of it. To me, it's oobly oobly." Please, Sir Tom, never leave. Anyway, Bizzi does a good job of not being too oobly oobly. I'm not sure of the song choice, as at first it seems a bit old-fashioned to me, but to be fair as it goes on Bizzi puts his own stamp on it and it becomes more enjoyable. Also, he does a sweet little spin on the stage.

Bizzi Dixon on The Voice knockouts

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Georgia - 'Three Little Birds'

Tom is a fan of Georgia's style and fun, and he's excited about seeing her "sassy" side in her performance of 'Three Little Birds'. The song has a lot of meaning for Georgia as it's going to be her wedding song with her fiancé, and she's desperate to get into the live shows - to the extent she's having heart palpitations. Er, medic? Luckily, Georgia doesn't pass out on stage - instead, she proves how much presence and performance she has in her. I do like her voice, but it's all about how you're drawn to watching her - it's bouncy. She actually gets a standing ovation from all four coaches. "I got one," Melissa sighs.

Georgia on The Voice knockouts

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Steven Alexander - 'Grace Kelly'

Steven was stolen by Tom from Kylie's team ("Your loss is my gain, babe") because of his performance style. Now Steven wants to show that off in full force, so he's going to sing Mika's 'Grace Kelly'. Tom points out that it's not an easy song ("He's got to have big...", well, you get the idea), but Steven does a really good job with it. Not only does he sing a tough song well, but he puts in a fun performance too, with spins and energy and excitement. It's just really entertaining, and all four coaches get back on their feet again. "I did that once and I spun off the stage," Will jokes, impressed by Steven's ability to turn around.

Steven Alexander on The Voice

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Sally Barker - 'Walk On By'

Tom is a fan of Sally's experience, but he also thinks she's only just getting started! Sally chooses to sing 'Walk On By' because it reminds her of when she was a teenager, though she wants to do something different with it. Tom suggests that Sally has an aura that people feel in the room - "It's magical" - and you know what, he's not wrong. It's hard to take your eyes away from Sally - she's just a beautiful singer. Ricky and Kylie are smiling, Georgia whispers that she's going to cry, and Tom actually does. It's okay, Kylie lends him a hanky. "What have you got in that jacket?" Will asks. "A machine that makes everyone sing wonderful?"

Tom's big decision

Tom is already worrying about his decision - while he's happy with two picks, he doesn't know what to do about the third. Will advice from the other coaches help? Kylie says Georgia was fantastic ("I have a slight obsession"), while Will agrees, saying that he liked the twist Georgia put on her song. And Ricky says that Sally has always been on of his favourites because she draws on emotion so much. Whatever the case, Tom is pretty confident he has the winner!

But here we go - it's time for some decisions from Tom. The first person he chooses to put through is Sally Barker - who tells him he's looking good tonight! Next into the live shows is Georgia who jokes that she can barely even talk. And the final singer to make it is Bizzi Dixon, which seems to please Will - he throws his hands in the air! "You did the right thing," Ricky adds.

Tom Jones with his team: Georgia, Sally Barker and Bizzi Dixon

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That's that, though! Tom and Kylie have completed their live show teams - tomorrow, we'll find out who'll be joining them from Team Ricky and Team Will...

What did you think of this episode of The Voice? Did your favourites make it? Let us know below!

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