Michelle John has become the first contestant to be knocked out of the final of The Voice UK.
Michelle, who has toured as a backing singer with Eric Clapton, lost in a public vote to fellow finalists Mo Adeniran, Jamie Miller and Welsh duo Into The Ark.
It means coach Jennifer Hudson will have two acts in an all-male grand final on Sunday night while Sir Tom Jones will have one.
— The Voice UK (@thevoiceuk) April 1, 2017
Michelle, who performed a duet with her coach Will.i.am as well as covering Prince’s Purple Rain on Saturday night’s show, said she “felt like a winner” despite finishing fourth in the ITV singing competition.
Fans on social media were disappointed by her departure…
Disappointed to see Michelle leave, such a great voice 😊 #TheVoice
— Jamie (@jamiebluebox) April 1, 2017
Oh my god how did Michelle not get through to this evening on the VOICE team will i am
— Sharon Noonan (@Saffronrougehfb) April 1, 2017
Wow I'm so shocked Michelle didn't get through in #TheVoice !!!! 😱😱
— Ashleigh🐘 (@nippyn00dles) April 1, 2017
— Lady Elena (@LadyElenaUK) April 1, 2017
The show had launched with a tribute to the late George Michael as the show’s four coaches, Will.i.am, Sir Tom, Jennifer and Gavin Rossdale, performed the pop superstar’s hit track Freedom, days after he was laid to rest.
William Hill has backed Mo to take the show’s crown with the 21-year-old at 1/3, ahead of Jamie on 3/1 and Into The Ark outsiders at 7/1, while Coral have Mo at 2/5, Jamie at 3/1 and Into The Ark at 12/1.
Sunday night’s grand final is on ITV 1 at 7pm.