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article imageThe Voice UK: Live for first time, Aleks Josh through to final 20

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 28, 2012 in Entertainment
Aleks Josh, who has made it through to the final 20 ahead of tonight’s first live edition of the BBC hit show The Voice UK, has much more to offer, says his mum.
Josh, who joined Team Danny in the second round of auditions in the series, last week went through during the duets round, in which members of the same team were paired with each other.
Aleks performed his duet – James Morrison’s “Broken Strings” – with Emmy J Mac, 21. Afterwards, Danny O’Donoghue said his reason for choosing Aleks over Emmy “was based on the fact he could coach Aleks and fulfil his role on the show”.
As reported by omg! from Yahoo!, Danny elaborated on his decision: “Emmy, I think you are further on down the line than Aleks is but, yeah, I think I still have a lot to show Aleks [and] am going to base this decision on my role on this show, which is a coach. I think the person who is going to go through to the live shows with me is Aleks.”
Following the performance, Aleks – who was trending worldwide on Twitter – tweeted, saying, “Thank you to everyone tweeting me, I love you all.”
Today, Aleks’s mother, Justine, said of her teenage son that viewers had not yet seen him at his best. Speaking to Comet 24, she said, “He’s very good, and we’ve not really at the moment seen him at his best. He’s not singing the kind of songs he normally would.”
At 17, Aleks is the youngest contestant in the show and, clearly proud of his achievement so far, Justine added, “I always thought there was something special about him, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my son.”
During the audition stages three weeks ago, as reported by Digital Journal, Aleks particularly impressed and Danny O’Donoghue, when he performed Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”. Both judges chose him for their teams; and, after much deliberation, the part-time lifeguard and amateur thespian opted for Danny.
Meanwhile, according to the Isle of Wight County Press, Emmy has vowed to continue with her music ambitions, telling her fans, “Don’t worry, I’ve got lots of new and exciting music in the pipeline! Keep your ears and eyes open! Thanks so much for your support.”
Initially, The Voice UK and Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent – which is broadcast by ITV – were going head to head in the schedules. However, last week, after consistently losing out in the viewing-figures stakes, ITV chose to reschedule Britain’s Got Talent, so that it started after The Voice UK ended. However, subsequently, ITV accused the BBC of dirty tricks when The Voice UK overran by three minutes, cutting into the start of Britain’s Got Talent.
Tonight’s instalment of The Voice UK show is transmitted live, and involves viewer voting, for the first time. As Digital Journal reported earlier this month, the BBC has been delighted by the early success of their new talent show, and producers hope that the move to live shows and viewer voting will only increase that popularity further.
According to the Radio Times, the show will kick off, at 7 p.m., with a group performance from the four coaches – Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Danny O’Donoghue and – before the spotlight turns on the members of Team Tom and Team Will. Danny’s team members and Team Jessie will then take the spotlight next Saturday. The results of tonight’s vote will be broadcast tomorrow, Sunday, at 7.25 p.m.
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