The Voice kicks off with dazzling performances from pop hopefuls

A string of wannabe pop stars took to the stage tonight in an attempt to wow the coaches and win a place on The Voice 2017.

The Voice came back with a bang tonight with outstanding performances from a string of aspiring pop stars hoping to sing their way to a record deal.

The show kicked off with a show-stopping singalong from veteran coaches Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.Am, who performed alongside newbie judges Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale.

The first hopeful to sing in the blind auditions was 31-year-old call centre worker Jason Jones, who performed a soulful rendition of ‘Pillow Talk’ by Zayn Malik.

All four coaches turned their chairs around, and Jason was given the tough decision of choosing which mentor he wanted to coach him throughout the show.

In an attempt to win Jason over, Jennifer Hudson said: “You are so unique, that’s what the world needs, something that’s not like anything else.”

Gavin said: “You are like a rough diamond. I think you’ve got so much potential.”

After a few moments of deliberation, Jason decided to choose Will.i.Am, who seemed delighted with his new trainee.

Call centre worker Jason Jones wowed the coaches with his rendition of ‘Pillow Talk’ by Zayn Malik

Next up was 18-year-old Jenny Jones, who took to the stage to sing ‘Dangerous Woman’ by Ariana Grande.

Jenny’s performance was met with applause from the audience, but it wasn’t enough to wow the coaches, and none of them decided to turn.

Jenny Jones’ attempt to wow the coaches was unsuccessful

The next hopefuls to sing were bandmates Taylor Jones and Dane Lloyd, from South Wales.

The pair, whose band name is Into The Ark, explained how they have been touring the UK together for months, but hoped their appearance on The Voice would help them secure a record deal.

Taylor and Dane performed Elvis Presley’s classic hit ‘Burning Love’.

Coaches Tom and Gavin turned around halfway through the performance, and both gave Into The Ark a standing ovation. Jennifer Hudson also turned her chair around.

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In a bid to persuade Taylor and Dane to join his team,┬áTom said: “You took on that song and to sing it like you did was brave.”

Taylor and Dane decided to choose fellow Welshman Tom Jones to coach them throughout the competition.

The next hopeful to perform was 18-year-old Diamond, from Romford.

Diamond won the judges over with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’.

Jennifer Hudson was the first coach to turn around, and was soon followed by Will.i.Am and Gavin.

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Diamond wowed the coaches with her powerful performance

Jennifer drew on her experience as an American Idol contestant in an attempt to win Diamond over, and her efforts were successful as Diamond decided to choose the pop diva as her coach.

Next up was 27-year-old waitress Rachel Rose, who sang Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’.

Rachel was left in tears when none of the coaches decided to turn their chairs around. Tom said he felt she pushed the performance too hard.

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Rachel was left devastated when none of the coaches turned their chairs

Twenty-two-year-old Truly Scrumptious was the next hopeful to take to the stage.

Truly’s rendition of Stereophonics’ ‘Dakota’ encouraged both Tom and Gavin to turn around.

Gavin said: “Your voice is really beautiful. I think you are fantastic. One of the things I have to tell you is that there is something about your voice that goes back. You have so much to offer.”

Gavin’s words won Truly over, and she chose the Bush rocker to coach her.

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Truly chose Gavin to be her coach

Best friends and flatmates Max and Mo were up next, but the pair performed as two separate contestants.

Twenty-four-year-old Max took to the stage first, singing Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’.

Gavin turned his chair around at the last minute, while Sir Tom’s attempt to turn around came a fraction too late, and he was unable to bid for the position of Max’s coach.

Gavin said: “The tone you have is really different.”

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Twenty-one-year-old Mo was the last singer of the evening, and his show-stopping performance saw all four coaches turn around for the second time.

Mo sang Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’.

The outstanding performance left the coaches battling it out in an attempt to convince Mo to work with them.

Jennifer said: “You stopped the show. I could tell you were very connected. I feel you should come to my team because we have a lot in common.”

Gavin said: “You are the reason that I agreed to do this show. I was the first one to turn because I believe in you the most and I need you the most. It would be an honour for any of us to have you.”

Mo was left overwhelmed by the coaches’ feedback, and admitted he never thought all coaches would turn their chairs.

After some careful thought, Mo opted to work with Jennifer Hudson, who was overjoyed with his decision.

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Mo’s performance was described as the best of the night

The Voice continues on ITV1 next Saturday.

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