The Voice UK coaches all turn their chairs for "real deal" performance

Hannah Lovejoy
·2-min read
Photo credit: Rachel Joseph - ITV
Photo credit: Rachel Joseph - ITV

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The Voice UK returned for its second episode tonight (January 9) and the blind auditions continued, as coaches will.i.am, Anne-Marie, Tom Jones and Olly Murs added more members to their teams.

One artist who left an impression on the judges was a 24-year-old singer-songwriter, Benjamin Haycock, from Devon. He sang an original song called 'Restlessness' that was based on his experience of losing his father at the age of 16.

Benjamin mentioned that the song was a way to tell his father about everything that's happened in his life since he passed away.

All of the judges turned around for Benjamin after hearing his song – they all made their pitches, and Benjamin made the decision to join will.i.am's team.

Photo credit: Rachel Joseph - ITV
Photo credit: Rachel Joseph - ITV

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When describing his song, Benjamin said: "My dad passed away quite a few years ago so I'm speaking to him about things that we battle with in our mind, and, you know, the things that we keep in and don't really want to tell people about it really. It's almost an open letter as you will."

will.i.am described Benjamin as the "real deal", adding that he doesn't restrict his team and will help his artists when they ask for it.

"I'm really happy because you know what it means to them, what they've been through, that's pretty freaking awesome," he said.

Photo credit: Rachel Joseph - INSTARimages
Photo credit: Rachel Joseph - INSTARimages

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Benjamin mentioned how he thinks his dad would react to him making it through to the next round of the show.

He explained: "I think my dad would be elated, and I would give nothing more, you know, to see him once more and see how he'd react, and maybe give him a hug."

The Voice UK continues next Saturday (January 16) at 8.30pm on ITV.

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