55 year old Bob Blakeley from Stockport impressed the coaches but still didn’t win a place in the battle rounds on tonight’s episode of The Voice.
The grandfather was surrounded by his children and grandchildren as he prepared for his audition and before singing Cry Me A River for the panel he said:
“I work in a massive chilled warehouse, I love my job. The people are genuinely good guys. I sing all the time at work. They call me Bob FM. I am like a walking human radio. ”
“I am 55, this doesn’t happen to people of my age or I never thought it would.”
Despite a flawless performance, Bob failed to convince any of the coaches to turn in their seats. It seemed to be a choice they regretted and Tom Jones said:
“You are a professional singer now right? [No] Well you should be! You should be a professional singer, that’s how good you are. You have a pure voice and I would like to have heard more of it, with a simpler arrangement.”
“You were born with that voice and you were meant to sing and you should be doing that all over the place.”
Ricky Wilson said:
“It was amazing. The four of us didn’t turn round but I think you made the whole country get off their seats.”
“I am trying to put my heart bad together because I think you deserve to be on the show. Your voice was pristine, it was like a glove between what the band was doing and you were doing. You sound like a pro. If Frank Sinatra was here he would be like ‘wow I want to take you on tour with me.'”
21 year old singer Miles Anthony also lost out when he performed for the panel.
Before singing ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ he told the crew that the tryout has been a long time coming and explained:
“I auditioned last year and got to the audition and had to leave because my niece had a seizure. My niece is six and at birth she was a perfectly normal child then at two and a half we found out she had Batten Disease. My niece cannot talk or walk, she can laugh, she definitely can laugh but she can’t move her body in any way now.”
“It has been very tough, especially not having my dad in the household. It falls to me as the only male to be as strong as I can for my mum and sister.”
“Having music has helped me through the hard times in my life. I feel like this is my time to shine and show what I can do.”
Despite his eagerness to succeed, none of the judges turned for Miles.
Will.i.am recommended that he turn his attention to producing rather than singing and said:
“You make beats? I can tell. You came to produce not to sing. You sing great, but your mind was in too many places.”
As the young singer dissolved into tears, Kylie Minogue said:
“That is so moving, can I come up there. I need to. Don’t beat yourself up.We all mess up sometimes, I mess up all the time.”
Ricky Wilson confessed:
“I am new here but what happened there, you sang, you were amazing, I nearly pressed and then I didn’t I messed up.”
Tom Jones said:
“I know from experience it is not an easy song to sing. I know it and you sang the hell out of it. I will give you that. It’s a very emotional song and that’s what you have to be careful of. Be proud of what you did, don’t think that you failed….you did not. You will be a star, you will be. You have everything that is needed to do it.”
As she wept after the audition Kylie confessed:
“I feel emotionally pummelled!”
“It’s so hard because we have been there.”
Black Eyed Peas star Will said:
“I have had my heart broken loads of times when I was chasing my dreams. It was really horrible but if you want it, nothing will stop you.”
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