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Coaches show one

What’s that word? Three letters… Begins with ‘w’. Oh yeah, WOW.

The first live show of The Voice UK was so good, we thought our ears had died and gone to heaven. Luckily they are still firmly on the sides of our head but they are ringing with the sound of some super-mega-fresh performances.

Our four coaches kicked-off the show in style joining forces on stage once again to give an exhilarating rendition of U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’. It was amazing to the power of 4 - don’t you think?

And then it was back to business as Team will.i.am and Team Tom took to the stage to sing for a place in semi finals. We had live instruments, dancing and plenty of soul (on a pole or otherwise).

Here’s what sent the internet into a mesmerised flurry…

Joelle brought the house down with her rendition of ‘I’m Going Down’ (and THAT dress).

Sam strutted his stuff with a slew of dancers singing ‘A Little Respect’. Request granted.

Frances belted ‘Ain’t Nobody’ and got up-close-and-personal with her male dancers. Ooh-er.

Adam brushed-off an injured arm to play guitar and sing ‘All My Life’ like an absolute rock God.

Jaz brought a touch of jazz to the proceedings to sing ‘At Last’. Reggie said he looked like an R&B cowboy.

Leanne’s voice proved to be as timeless as her monochrome dress, singing ‘Who Knew’. Tom knew. That’s who.

Sophie sparkled throughout her strong performance of ‘Titanium’.

Matt and Sueleen cooed some properly lovely harmonies with a guitar in hand.

Tyler showcased some seamless falsetto singing (quite aptly) ‘Higher Love’.

Ruth sang every note ever invented and then held one of them for approximately 10 minutes.

Oh yeah, and Reggie looked pretty suave in the V Room.

Goosebumps… hairs standing on end… Yep, we’ve got all the symptoms of Voice-itus.

Let us know – who were your favourites? What did you think of the coaches’ performance? There’s plenty of space especially for your comments below.

Oh, and have a look at the artists in rehearsal here while you're at it too.

Fist-bumps all round! (Yeah, we’re cool)

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Mystaree

    on 1 May 2012 08:12

    How to improve thevoice

    I am a fan of the voice but I have some concerns that if they do not mprove the format they will lose viewers. The Voice is refreshing and can be forgiven for making mistakes due to it being a new show. There are things that needed to be ironed out and watching the show at times I felt they did things that didn't work just 'to be different' from the x factor which make the voice less interesting, for example all the judges being nice. I feel that there are things the producers of the Voice can learn from the x factor, without making it the same to help make the voice more watchable and entertaining.

    I will list my thoughts on ways to improve the show, I thought it would be interesting to see other peoples suggestions.

    - Judges need to be more critical of the acts, whilst I'm not suggesting they slag acts off just because it's not their act a la x factor (frankie cocossa anyone). The whole point about the Voice is that the judges were supposed to be less pantomime. But they need to be more honest and constructivly critical rather than say that was great otherwise it will get boring. Even in Strictly the judges were honest and critical when they needed to be. We need more of that. Yes the acts are talented but they are not finished articles. The judges are supposedly experts so tell they acts, even the good acts where they need to improve so we can watch the evolve into stars.

    - Feature more information about who each act is, their home life etc so the audience can connect with them. I think they should borrow from the x factor the vt's such as when they get invited to award shows and such, to see the acts getting a taste of fame. Then it shows the audience how they react to fame which may inspire each act to push themselves Ieven harder on the show. They need to try add some light hearted elements to make us laugh even though the tone if the voice is more serious than the x factor, it is a needed element.

    - Make the results live, I've read why they cant but even a live Saturday results would be better. Allow people to vote for longer, donate the proceeds to a charity if need be. I don't think anyone would have complaints. The longer you have to vote the greater the build up and more engaging it becomes for the viewer, the higher the ratings.

    - Create more tension, the results show lacked tension and atmosphere. This is where I believe the x factor pips the voice. I know they're supposed to be different shows but having the judges deliberate for longer, delaying their verdict and pushing the judges for an answer (x factor) creates tension and makes the result more interesting.

    - Have a sing off, or an acapella one to differentiate from the x factor rather than having them stand on stage then having the judge choose was just boring.

    - Have the acts and judges change clothes for the results, it just didn't seem right to watch them in the same clothes. I know the BBC do not claim it is live but it just seemed weird. I'm sure in strictly they change clothes.

    - Improve the editing, for all it's talent flaws, x factor has learnt how to add razmatazz to the show production over the years.

    - One thing I hope they do, instead of giving the acts expose on tv is to help build their media profile through out the show as they do in the x factor. To help the winning act get a number 1 single, album etc in the long run. As I think this is where the x factor does well, as Simon knows how to launch the winner into superstardom and I would like the winner of the voice to be a huge success.

    As said I am a fan but would like to see the show improve.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by cait0809joy123

    on 29 Apr 2012 18:55

    JAZ ELINGTON You made me cry in the blind audition i love yooou ... JOELLE GO THROUGH

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Sue_Aitch

    on 29 Apr 2012 18:16

    Maritita: the results show was recorded yesterday evening. Same deal as Strictly: gives everyone involved their Sundays away from live broadcasting.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by martita

    on 29 Apr 2012 14:30

    I though Joelle was great, but don't think being on first did her any favours, Jaz was great and ruth is 'The Voice'. Tyler also surprised me quite an emotional performance. Matt and Surleen I could really enjoy watching at a festival. Arghhhh its a tough one,

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by martita

    on 29 Apr 2012 14:21

    Have loved watching the voice on catch up this morning as was not able to watch it last night as I had to work. So many great singers. but can't work out if the results are not untill 7 tonight why lines closed at 9.pm last night, Im Gutted.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Sue_Aitch

    on 29 Apr 2012 13:41

    My top three: Jaz, Tyler and Ruth.

    Please rethink having dancers on this show: adding dancers to a performance only works when the timong is really tight and the contestant is able to tackle an extra bit of choreography on top of everything else they've got to remember- for instance Will Young and his dancers on Strictly always look good.

    Whereas I'm not convinced that having dancers is helping any of the contestants' performances at the moment. It's not the Royal Variety, its The Voice UK.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by PollyannaHew

    on 29 Apr 2012 13:20

    I have the same sentiment re Jaz and Ruth- they really sing with such commitment and pathos.

    Love seeing the coaching sessions and genuine support and pride of judges for their protégées.

    Adam could really shine singing Jeff Buckley-'Last Goodbye' or 'Lover, you should've come over'.

    Holly looked hot to trot!! Anyone know where that stunning dress is from? Please let me know!!

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by derk

    on 29 Apr 2012 12:25

    Ruth, Jaz and Tyler impressed me. Ruth is a force of nature and with the right management could be huge globally. She sounds better than Adele and she is only in her teens. Jaz has a very polished voice and Tyler is a record company's dream; a handsome, edgy looking guy with a soulful voice. I noticed Will's acts improved the most since their auditions. I remember in the blind auditions and many singers Will wanted in his team turned him down thinking he was just rapper. His CV shows he is a world class producer, composer and song writer. Given the improvement his acts have shown, some of the singers that turned him down might be regretting it.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by FrankPoster

    on 29 Apr 2012 11:09

    Really great show apart from the really annoying dancers and Holly with her screeching voice and patronising attitude. Arghhh!

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Mistymeana

    on 29 Apr 2012 10:58

    Ruth and Jazz were both exceptionally good but, for me, the singer I'm most excited about seeing again is Adam. I don't think last night's song choice fully showed his talents. I keep replaying his blind audition clip and it makes me catch my breath every time - I'd pay good money to hear him sing it all the way through. By far the best talent show for years. Agree about ditching the dancers - can we stop the awful clapping along to the song too please. Oh and can we leave the singing to the contestants too - had to laugh when Danny was criticising people for being pitchy. Pot, kettle, black!

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