Plus, finalists’ news and Will.i.am in another foot in mouth moment
Tonight is of course the final of the first series of The Voice UK, and ahead of it, it’s been revealed that Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran, who had been billed as performing live tonight, have in fact pre-recorded their appearances.
And the Daily Star reports that when Ed and the Maroon 5 band members turned up for dress rehearsals yesterday, they dropped the bombshell that they wanted to pre-record their performances, so an audience had to be hastily rustled up from passersby!
A show insider said, “This would never happen on The X Factor.
“Simon Cowell would not allow a special guest star who’s been booked for the final to pre-record their song the day before and not be there on the night.
“The BBC struggled to get big names for the final with people such as Adele and Justin Bieber turning them down. Now the acts they did get aren’t even going to be there on the night.”
The paper adds that the “super group” performance by all four coaches has also been pre-recorded, which, given how god awful their last quartet was isn’t at all surprising…
Here’s a reminder of them absolutely murdering Beautiful Day…
In other news, the finalists – Bo Bruce, Vince Kidd, Tyler James and Leanne Mitchell – have all recorded their winner’s single, which will go on sale as of midnight tonight once the result of who’s won is known.
In fact, it’s been an über busy week for them as they’ve also been rehearsing the duets they’re going to sing with their mentors, and their final group song, which we will of course hear tonight.
Bo Bruce will sing Nothing Compares 2 U which is a song I HATE, and with Danny, she’ll sing Professor Green and Emeli Sande’s big hit Read All About It.
Leanne Mitchell will sing James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World and Mama Told Me Not To Come with Sir Tom Jones.
Finally, Tyler James, will be singing the Jackson 5 hit I’ll Be There, and with Will.i.am he’ll sing Usher’s OMG.
However, Will.i.am has rather put his foot in his gob this week by saying that The Voice isn’t very good telly.
He said, “This show is different. I want to see every single person who walked off the stage proud, not battered and bruised. That is why I like this format.
“Maybe it doesn’t make great TV but it is going to make great artists. All around the world you are seeing the same ratings drop for The Voice live shows – in America, Australia.
“If you were to compare this show to the music business, we had a big hit and the hit was 12million viewers.
“To sustain that, that is when things start getting scripted and fake. But this isn’t.”
Well, gotta say, I still prefer the format of show’s that aren’t saccharine sweet and nicey nicey.
What say you?
Don’t miss The Voice UK final tonight – unless you’ve something better to do such as plucking your own eyelashes out – from 7.30pm on BBC1.