The Voice UK blind auditions review: Katie (Waissel) Benbow, brave Andrea Begley and brilliant Ash Morgan & Matt Henry!

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This review was penned byThe Apprentice’s @HarryMaxwell.

The Voice UK is back for a second series, and if you watched the show, like me @HarryMaxwell, my God don’t you know it!

It was like the coaches were competing to see who could crowbar “series two” in most. Did will.i.am not learn from Fergie? You’ve said it once, now shut it up, just shut up, shut up!

I mean, imagine if someone you knew kept declaring “OH MY GOD, I’M BACK AT WORK FOR ANOTHER DAY WOOHOO.”

It would be even weirder than the contrast between Jessie “it’s not about the money” J and her fee for the series.

That aside, I think the producers have done a great job. Overall, the show was glossier than Danny O’Donoghue’s hair, catchier than a will.i.am expression and sharper than a Tom Jones suit all rolled into one.

What was missing though, was an urge to scream and shout about what we were watching. The talent was great, but forgotten quicker than you could say ‘Saturday Night Takeaway.’

If it wasn’t for my notes, I would have never remembered the artist’s names which flashed on screen for all of two seconds.

Similarly, none of the songs had that ‘holy moly, this my jam’ must download it RIGHT NOW and listen to it on repeat vibe.

Last year people were talking about Tyler James, Vince Kidd and Bo Bruce from the moment they stepped on stage. None of tonight’s showing will get a similar hype, but here’s my take on the offering anyway:

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1. THE MORE LIKEABLE KATIE WAISSEL

Enter goth girl Katie Benbow and a passion for all things 1940s with her grandma. Sound familiar? Benbow even shares a first name with Waissel!

Instantly we thought she’d be the kooky one you love-to-hate, but we couldn’t have been more wrong! As cameras switched between Katie’s performance and her family watching, both her humble nature and passion came to the fore.

Her ill grandma also couldn’t have been any further from sex bomb Sheila Vogel.

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2. THE BLIND GIRL

You can imagine Christopher Maloney throwing his chips at the TV seeing what real nerves look like.

It’s hard to fault Andrea Begley and her performance of ‘Angel’ because of the bravery it took for her to get up on The Voice UK stage with just ten percent vision.

No surprises when she paired up with Danny O’Donoghue though, because “Danny is all about the tone,” whatever that means. Remember Aleks Josh from last year? Didn’t think so, but he validates my point. Win.

louis coupe the voice

3. THE 16-YEAR-OLD WHO HAS WRITTEN A MUSICAL

Weirdly the guy who didn’t get through, Louis Coupe, stood out the most. It always helps when the judges ask you to sing a second song.

“My biggest fear is that I’ll muck up” jittered Louis, *rolls eyes.*

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4. THE ONE THAT LOOKED LIKE A THUG

Step forward country singer, Mike Ward, who’s related to former X Factor flop, Shayne Ward, unsurprisingly. Mike offered all the charisma of a local lamppost, but bizarrely, his brother watching from the sidelines stood out more.

From his raps that offered as much charm as their hometown Salford, to the rude boy cap you-thought-was-cool-when-you-were-12-but-it’s-a-bit-weird-now-you’re-18. Change is most definitely needed.

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4. THE BLOKE YOU SHOULD REMEMBER, BUT DON’T

Danny County had everything going for him. From his acoustic rendition of a Sugababes song, not-quite-a-tie-dye shirt to the umming and ahhing over Team Jessie or Team Danny like the man who can’t be moved, things were looking good!

But sadly for Danny, nobody remembers the second audition, especially in a 95-minute episode *yawn.*

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5. THE TWO BLOKES WHICH WERE ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD

Ash Morgan, who opened the show, and Matt Henry, who closed the show were two of my favourites from the episode.

Almost shocking producers picked the two best to open and close the show? Yeah right.

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Jessie J reckons they both showed the difference between singing, and sanging, but I’m still unconvinced that’s a real thing.

That’s all from me, but more importantly, what did you guys think of the episode?
Any early favourites? Be sure to comment below and also get involved over on the Twittersphere @HarryMaxwell.

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