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Sunday 22 April 2018

Two Voice favourites eliminated

Ruth Brown has been voted off The Voice
Ruth Brown has been voted off The Voice

The two favourites to win The Voice have been eliminated from the BBC One TV talent show.

Ruth Brown and Jaz Ellington both missed out on a place in Saturday's final after failing to win enough votes from the public.

Saturday's semi-final, which included an appearance by Cheryl Cole, was watched by the lowest audience of the series.

Coaches Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue each had only two singers left on their teams, but only one from each mentor could survive.

The results show confirmed that Tyler James, Vince Kidd, Leanne Mitchell and Bo Bruce had all made it through to the final. The other two acts eliminated were Becky Hill and Max Milner.

Ruth Brown, who was the bookmakers' favourite to win the competition, failed to attract enough votes after delivering an emotional version of Christina Aguilera's ballad The Voice Within.

Ruth, who first auditioned for the show just two days before her father's funeral, fought back tears during her performance. She said afterwards: "I think if it wasn't for The Voice then I don't know where I'd be because I miss my dad."

Danny commented: "I lost my dad as well and I know what it's like to stand there and sing about that and have that in your heart.

"That was an amazing performance. You found the voice within."

Bo Bruce was quickly installed as the new favourite to win the show, with Coral offering odds of 6/4. Vince Kidd and Tyler James are joint second favourites at 11/4, while Leanne Mitchell is considered to be the outsider at 5/1.

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