South Yorkshire’s young singing talent will battle it out this weekend in a bid to show they are The Voice.
In scenes to be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow, teenagers Lemuel Knights from Sheffield, Barnsley’s Emily Worton, and Emma Jade Garbutt from Doncaster will be vying for places in the next stage of the talent competition.
The programme will show the trio pitted against fellow contestants in the knockout stage of The Voice.
Totley student Lemuel, aged 18, is under the mentorship of Jessie J, Emily, 19, of Thurgoland, is with rival judge Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, and country singer Emma, 18, is part of Tom Jones’ team.
They will all appear on an extended episode of the show, fronted by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, tomorrow evening.
Singers take to the stage in pairs for a live battle, with only one being put through. But, in a new twist this series, rival celebrity mentors have the chance to ‘steal’ an artist by hitting their red button to save them from leaving the competition.
Motown fan Lemuel, who returns home to Sheffield every weekend from performance studies in Chester, said: “It was really scary. We’d been preparing for weeks and Jessie gave me some great advice. She’s very hands-on.”
Emily, whose slowed-down rendition of Pulp’s Common People won her a place in the contest, has been struggling to keep her cool during singing lessons with her mentor.
She said: “Will.i.am is one of the biggest producers in the world. I get starstruck but then I just have to remember he’s a normal person.”
The Voice starts at 7.10pm.
n See Page 37 for The Star’s interview with Aliki Chrysochou, the former Sheffield student tipped for Britain’s Got Talent glory.