‘The Voice’ UK final review: Bo Bruce, Leanne Mitchell shine on stage

Who stood out?

After weeks of intensity, drama, and Danny O’Donoghue sparring with will.i.am, “The Voice” UK is finally coming to an end.

So who is going to win? Check back soon for that — for now, we’re taking a look at some of the actual performances for the first part of the episode. (We will have updates from the results portion of the show soon.)

What is particularly interesting here is that following the first two rounds, there will be an elimination — and then another opportunity for the contestants to sing.

The solos

Bo Bruce, “Nothing Compares To U” – Thanks to some health issues regarding her mother, we know that the past few weeks have been incredibly hard on Bo. But through it all, she has managed to rise above it not not only with a considerable talent, but with a style that is distinctly her own.

While we are not as familiar with this song as some of the others, what Bo has going for her is that she is both a great story and a great talent — one that could sell albums in a music landscape that likes vocalists with an airy tone.

Leanne Mitchell, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” – We know courtesy of Juliet Simms on the American version of the show (and Joshua Ledet on “American Idol”) that this song is pretty much every singer’s dream come true. It’s powerful, allows for plenty of creative freedom, and it already has a fan base all its own.

While Leanne may still be the underdog, let’s just admit now that she may actually be a serious contender at winning the whole thing now. This was stunning, and this is with us starting to get tired of the song.

Tyler James, “I’ll Be There” – As someone who appreciates fashion, we totally loved his blue suit. As for his singing, we’re a little bit more torn. Falsetto is always better for us when it is used almost like a treat rather than a main course, and the cup chose to runneth over on some occasions here.

This performance alone may not get Tyler the win, but the good news is that he does have plenty more coming up.

Vince Kidd, “Many Rivers To Cross” – As Tom Jones said, Vince really believes he is a star before he even goes out on stage. He’s more involved in his song choices than probably anyone else, and it clearly shows — though at times he obvious does sink into the same sort of pop / punk format week after week.

Admittedly, this was a song that was unfamiliar to us — so while we would give this round to Leanne, he’s still got a good shot at taking this home.

The duets

Bo and Danny O’Donoghue, “Read All About It” – Who knew that Danny could rap? In addition to his stellar Professor Green impression, Bo took on the Emeli Sande part pretty effortlessly. The was hot, and most important it showed that Bo can have fun on stage in addition to singing some emotional ballads.

Leanne and Tom Jones, “Mama Told Me Not to Come” – While this song is more dated than any of the other collaborations, it’s certainly a song that anyone over the age of forty is probably more than a little bit familiar with. Plus, Tom is probably the one singer that every singer in Britain would want to duet with considering his status as a living legend.

Tyler and will.i.am, “OMG” – This is turning out to be an interesting night for Tyler. Out of all the coaches, will.i.am is the one who is the most limited vocally, meaning that he really had to do something that suited his style rather than the other way around.

While there were some parts of this that were pretty awful, Tyler also used his falsetto much more effective — and when he busted it out, it felt like a sweet gift to the world.

Vince and Jessie J, “Nobody’s Perfect” – Out of all the people who sang together, it felt a bit as though Jessie was constantly overpowering Vince through most of the song — which is somewhat understandable considering that this is one of her songs.

With that being said, this was easily the best duet of the night — and put together with the earlier performance, it could be enough to get him the title.

Who was your favorite from this round of the show? Stay tuned, as we’ll have more when it comes to results! (Update: Check out our results review here!)

Photo: BBC One

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