The Voice: Ben Kelly insists he didn’t ‘kick off’ and ‘feels let down’ by producers’ edit
Ben Kelly has come forward as the latest star of The Voice, to complain about the way the TV show was edited last night.
The Northern Irish singer lost out in the Battle Rounds of the BBC singing show to teenage performer Ruth-Ann St Luce, but not only were large portions of their performance of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ cut from the final show which was broadcast yesterday, but most of their rehearsals were also left out and coach Jessie J didn’t even give a reason as to why she was choosing Ruth over Ben.
Ben wowed the coaches at his blind audition with his rendition of ‘Rocket Man’ and after being offered a place in all four teams, was a favourite for the finals of the new series.
However, his was one of the shortest battles featured last night and Kelly admitted today that he feels ‘let down’ by the producers as a result.
Ben filmed the Battle Rounds back in February, so knew before his audition aired that he had been cut. However, he was looking forward to watching his performance in full last night and seeing how his fans reacted to the song.
He told The Derry Journal:
“I gave it my all. I wanted the audience to be able to decide for themselves who should have gone through.”
“I do feel let down by the producers of the show,” he added.
“Every step of the way we were told it didn’t matter if we went through or not at least we would get another chance to perform on national television – but the edit was inexcusable.
“They didn’t even screen my parting shot – people are asking me if it was edited because I kicked off. I didn’t. I am very grateful for the experience and I thanked everyone for helping me get that far.”
However, Ben insists that he is not upset with young Ruth and in fact the pair have been wishing each other well on Twitter.
St Jones posted:
“Big well done to @BenKellyMusic for last night. We know your dream will not end there! You’ve got these crazy fans out there lol it’s scary”
“@ruth_annsvoice and well done to you sweetheart – shame about the edit, but oh well. Good luck in the Lives – do good – keep in touch xxx”
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