The Voice Battle Rounds: Shock! Will.i.am chooses Sophie Griffin over J Marie Cooper – Agree? (VIDEO)
J Marie stunned the coaches and was offered places in all four teams, when she delivered an astounding rendition of ‘Mama Knows Best’ for her blind audition piece. However, she chose to join Team Will, believing he could offer her the most in terms of mentoring and industry experience. Perhaps she regrets that decision now.
Sophie was also a hit when she tried out for the BBC show but was only offered a place in Team Will, after her rendition of ‘American Boy’, which he co-wrote with Estelle.
Tonight the ladies were paired up and told they would be singing Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ for their battle duet and explaining his decision to pair them together, Will said:
‘J Marie is a power-house and Sophie, I want to challenge her and pit her up against somebody who she feels is impossible and that will bring the best out in her.’
The Black Eyed Peas star made the ladies rehearse face to face and though Griffin was terrfied at first she soon rose the challenge, with Cooper admitting:
‘I was surprised by how well Sophie did it, for 17 she has got an amazing voice.’
Afterwards, Will confessed:
‘I really thought J Marie had it all sewed up and I felt bad for pairing them but now…I don’t know…’
‘It’s going to be close on the night, J Marie is going to come full of energy and because she has experience she will keep in key and it will throw little Sophie off. She doesn’t have the experience and she will probably hit some flat notes.’
Taking to the ring, J Marie kicked things off with her perfect balanced, however when Sophie joined her we could see why Will had been shocked. They were much better balanced than we would have expected. The two girls worked the stage perfectly too and interacted wonderfully with each other, constantly sparking off one another’s energy. It was one of the best battles of the night.
Sophie did make a few mistakes and there were one or two tiny flat notes but she held up brilliantly against the perfection that is J Marie. It was a battle in every sense of the word….
Afterwards Jessie J said:
‘I know how hard that song is to sing. Sophie, you’re 17 right? This programme is a wonderful thing because it’s giving you guys the chance to showcase your talent but if I was Will right now, purely because of the fact that you are 17 and just did that….I would take you through.’
Tom Jones added:
‘It would be very hard and I’m glad it’s on Will to make the decision, but I would say J myself.’
Danny O’Donoghue said:
‘There really wasn’t much difference in the talent, so for me I would say J Marie.’
Deliberating over his choice, Will said:
‘Sophie, when you came on this stage, I forgot you were 17 and I thank you for that and J Marie Cooper super-duper… you know, 27, that’s the age I was when I met Fergie, 17 is the age I was when I started the Peas. This is hard, it’s kind of like a nightmare, because now I have to choose which version of myself to move forward with. This is hard, this is very hard.’
‘Okay, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the person I was when I was 17, so I’m going to go with Sophie.’
Taking the news well and very gracefully, J Marie said:
‘I try not to think too far ahead, because life can shock you as it has tonight. I couldn’t have imagined it, it was fantastic.’
Did you agree with Will.i.am’s decision? Would you have let J Marie go? Leave your comments below…
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