It's just as well that the whole premise of The Voice is to judge solely on the quality of the singer after tonight's final round of blind auditions which turned into something of an emotional roller coaster. If the judges had been privvy to the back stories of former musical theatre star Teresa Vasilou, who gave up singing after suffering a throat tumour or had known that Liz Oki had spent most of her childhood in children's homes and whose beloved foster mother had recently passed away they may well have been swayed in their decision to turn - in fact none of judges chose either of the two more mature of tonight's contestants. Will.I.Am seemingly heard something in Liz's voice that reminded him of his late aunt and it was time to reach for the hankies - even Tom 'I've a lot of girls on my team' Jones was dabbing those wrinkly baby blues.
There were a couple more old pros trying their luck - Angie Brown sang her old dance hit I'm gonna get you - but didn't get a turn from any of the judges while Gary Poole, ex band member of Troi, made it through.
Will.I.Am's deliciously wacky personality came to the fore when, as the only judge with one place remaining on his team, he wondered whether he would end up with a duck or a true song bird. It was the smooth jazz vocals of Cherri Prince that made the grade and completed Team Will.I.Am.
Highlights for me included Tom Barnwell's American Boy which came with a side dish of music making gossip courtesy of Will.I.Am and Liverpool teacher Kenny Thompson's Empire State of Mind which Ricky said was 'the most real...hit the back of the room and then me.'
Let's hope that the show can keep its pulling power when it moves on to the 'battle' stage next week.