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The Voice knockouts: 5 minutes with Emily Adams

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We're so close to the knockouts on The Voice that we can almost taste them - and the accompanying fear, obviously - so how about another bit of contestant chat? We've already had a natter with Team Will's Iesher Haughton and Team Tom's Bizzi Dixon, so it's about time we got a bit of Ricky Wilson-shaped action: enter Emily Adams! The Blackpool belter told us about which song she chose for the knockouts, why she was paying close attention to Christina Marie's performance and why Ricky's actually just a bag of nerves, so read on to find out what she had to say...

Emily Adams on The Voice knockouts

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Emily on... why watching the knockouts will be nervewracking
"I'm really nervous, because it's just how many pairs of millions of eyes are going to be staring at me down the camera! But it's definitely very exciting."

Emily on... Kelsey-Beth saying their battle song didn't suit her as well as it did Emily
"I think that if you want it that much then you will give 110% to any song. I mean, that's what I did. I think personally the song only suits Christina Aguilera! So I did my best and she did hers."

Emily on... being disappointed with her battle on TV
"I personally thought that my battle was the best performance that I did out of the three, but I honestly didn't think it came across that well on TV. My mum, dad and friends who came along to the live audience said, 'Wow, the battles, you won't recognise yourself on TV, the atmosphere was incredible, you sounded amazing', and I was just expecting a hell of a lot more. So I'm just ready to watch the knockouts on Sunday."

Emily on... her knockout song
"It's 'Slip' by Stooshe. I wanted to go sort of down the young, fresh route. Obviously I sang 'I'd Rather Go Blind' in my blinds - that was sort of an oldish song. And then the battles was more of a shouty song. So now I think I've picked a younger one so through the blinds, battles and knockouts I've shown what different styles of music I could sing. But the music I'd want to do would be sort of jazz, funky sort of stuff."

Kelsey-Beth Crossley and Emily Adams battle on The Voice

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Emily on... how Ricky knocking her confidence turned out to be the best thing
"We sang the song in rehearsals about three times and the first time I sang it he felt like he was sat watching The Commitments musical. And that just totally knocked my confidence and I thought, 'Oh, he's not going to put me through, he doesn't like the song and I'm not singing it right'. The level of talent in the team as well is just incredible, so I thought it was just going to ruin my chances. That shook me up a bit, and the second time I sang it, it was just full of, 'I need to show him that this song is right'. It shocked him, and he said, 'Woah, if you sing it like that, you're in with a chance'. It was definitely the best thing he could say. It made me want to show him even more, so that was good."

Emily on... why Ricky's nerves make her feel better
"He's been an incredible coach so far. He kept saying in interviews and stuff when he was with the whole team, 'I'm really nervous' and just break away from being Ricky for two seconds and just go, 'Is that alright? Is that what you want me to say? It was cute watching him. I'm sat there thinking, 'This is the guy from the Kaiser Chiefs', and he's sat there going, 'Ooh, I'm so nervous'. Think how I feel! We're all reading off the same hymn sheet."

Ricky Wilson and Katy B mentor Emily Adams on The Voice

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Emily on... why she was worried about Christina Marie
"I hadn't actually heard any of my team mates sing a full song full out. At the end of the knockouts, I was just like, 'Oh wow! I thought I was in with a chance, but...' I thought it was either going to be me or Christina Marie that was going through. One or the other. I felt worse about my chances as the knockouts went on! Everybody's performance was incredible but Christina Marie actually got a standing ovation from the four judges so I was like, 'Oh...'"

Emily on... the knockouts vs the battles
"The knockouts are worse. I felt that the battle was easier out of all of them because I've got somebody on stage with me. It's like tennis really, I'm just bouncing off them. There's more energy on stage. When you're on your own, you've got to carry it on your own and it's so difficult! I did definitely feel vulnerable in my blind, but as I've been doing each stage I've just got more used to it I think."

Emily Adams auditions for The Voice

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Emily on... which other team she would knock out of the competition
"Probably Team Will. No, actually, Team Kylie. Because every single person in that team is just an incredible singer. They look like they can sing anything. It's just like, 'Sabotage!'"

Emily on... why she won't be going back to her dad's hotel
"Being on The Voice is better, obviously! It's incredible. It would be too difficult to go back to the hotel, I think. I just want to stick with singing and get as far as I can."

Emily on... describing the knockouts in one word
"Nervewracking! That's the most nervous I've been out of all three rounds. Tensions are running high because obviously it's the gateway to the lives. People are going to be giving 110% and I think it will be the best performance from everybody because there's just so much at stake. It will be an interesting one."

The Voice knockouts air on Saturday (March 15) at 7.15pm and Sunday (March 16) at 7.45pm on BBC One.

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