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The Voice, Saturday 5th April: Review

By shill  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

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After weeks of blood, sweat and bucket loads of tears, Jermain Jackman was finally crowned the winner of this year's The Voice.

And no one was more emotional at the shock news than Jermain's mentor the wacky Will.i.am.

He told Jermain: "You have a lot of work to do - and a lot of focusing to do. To make the claim that you want to be first black Prime Minister - means a lot of people will giggle and dismiss you as being cute, but you can prove them wrong. This victory is more than just winning a competition. This will change your life."

Jermain thanked Will for all his support. He looked directly at the camera and said - as only an aspiring politician would - "This is an inspiration for every person who has a dream. If you work hard enough you can achieve your dream!"

It was always going to be a close run thing in the final show last night with four talented singers battling it out to clinch the title. Jamie was booted out after an impressive duet with Kylie.

Christina Marie from Bristol was the bookies' favourite, and after showcasing her talents with her mentor Ricky's group The Kaiser Chiefs, I thought she could be the one.

Sally Barker, who always managed to move her mentor Tom Jones to tears, especially during her lovely rendition of From Both

Sides Now, was always going to be a strong contender.

However, it was likeable Jermain with his powerful vocal range and ability to hold a note for hours, who gained the most public votes.

His first song, Wrecking Ball, had Will standing on his chair. And the evening took a distinctly odd turn when Will took a phone call on his watch from Cheryl Cole who said she thought Jermain was amazing!

Will chose Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for his duet with his protege. The wizardry was great, but whether it really stretched Jermain's talents, I'm not so sure.

Now that the show has had time to bed in, this has, without doubt, been the best series so far - thanks largely to the presence of Kylie on the judging panel. There are rumours that she won't be returning next year owing to work commitments, but let's hope the BBC producers can rework the schedule so that she can reclaim her big red chair. It just wouldn't be the same without her!


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