The Voice: Olly Murs puts his fingers in his ears
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Olly, 26, was on hand to oversee the final blind auditions for the latest season of The Voice UK alongside fellow coaches Sir Tom Jones, 80, Anne-Marie Nicholson, 29, and will.i.am, 45. Over the last seven weeks, the former X Factor star has built up his team and only had a few more spaces to fill. However, once he had completed his line-up, a stand-out contestant took to the stage and the coach was livid he couldn’t turn around, as per the bosses rules for the ITV signing programme.
The contestant in question was Craig Eddie, who performed his rendition of Foy Vance’s hit song Make it Rain.
Anne-Marie still had a few spaces on her team to fill so she instantly hit her button and turned for the hopeful.
Olly was also keen to see who was on stage and kept pressing his button but to no avail, as bosses had him locked in place.
As the vocalist continued to sing, the coach became more and more frustrated to the point where he drowned him out by putting his hands over his ears.
This was because the contestant was so good and the chart-topper didn’t want to hear him if he couldn’t have him.
By the time it came to the end of Craig’s audition, Olly still had his hands over his ears and it wasn’t long before his coach was revealed.
With Anne-Marie being the only person to turn for the singer, she immediately secured him as a member of her team.
When all four coaches gave their critique, Olly had nothing but praise for the contestant and shared his frustrations at not being able to turn.
Taking to Twitter, those watching at home were also mesmerised by the vocals the singer was displaying on stage.
Think it gives a whole new element
One wrote: “He was totally brilliant you have a good one there @AnneMarie #thevoiceuk,” as another posted: “His voice is so amazing #TheVoiceUK.”
A third viewer commented: “I think you have the winner here @Anne-Marie absolutely fantastic..what a voice.”
Whilst a fourth shared: “There’s been a lot of great ones, but I think this is the first who’s really got to me. He’s got something special.”
“This guy is amazing his voice is so good. I would listen to him all day,” a fifth fan stated on the social media platform.
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Before the latest season returned to screens last month, Olly spoke about the coaches being able to block each other from choosing a contestant.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, the singer said: “There seemed to be quite [a lot of] enjoyment from all of us coaches that we had something new to play with, we were like ‘Ooh, we’ve got a new button!’
“It’s a great feature this year and I really think this is the start of something new with the show.
“I think there’ll be other features along the way that might happen at some point, but I just think it gives a whole new element.”
“Like who is Sir Tom going to block? Who’s Will gonna block? Who’s Olly gonna block?” the chart-topper explained.
“If anything, it’s all about who I block really. You’ll see why when you watch the show,” he added, before stating it had made the coaches more competitive.
“I have definitely seen more competitiveness with the other coaches this year than I have in previous years which the button has definitely introduced.
“I take it as a huge compliment if I’m being blocked, that means that they see me as a big threat for a person that they want because I think when I do go into a pitch battle with any of the coaches, I think they know that I’m good at pitching and I do get some of the top talent.”
The Voice UK continues Saturday at 8:30pm on ITV.
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