‘The Voice UK’ review: Lydia Lucy, Rick Snowdon, and Cody Frost among standouts

VoiceTonight begins one of the signature rounds of “The Voice UK” in the battles. Granted, this is not a phase of the competition that we are particularly like, mostly because it all feels repetitive and we hear some of the same sort of critiques time and time again without fail. More often than not, we love for originality.

We’re going to update this article as more and more battles take place, so be sure to fresh the page for more impressions on the contestants.

Lydia Lucy d. Irene Alano-Rhodes, Team will.i.am – This was so predictable. The moment that Will paired these two up, we knew that he was going to pick the former “X Factor” contestant. She’s young, she can rap, and she’s easy to market around. She has a better chance at being a star. With that said, Irene also killed this Aerosmith cover.

Dwaine Haiden d. Aliesha Lobuczek, Team Paloma Faith – Talk about a welcome surprise! We really dug this from start to finish, largely because these two really brought out the best in each other. There was a ton of energy on stage, and we couldn’t stop smiling. Steal: Ricky takes Aliesha.

Harry Fisher d. Charley B, Team Boy George – Boy George is such an unusual coach in that he really doesn’t hold anything back. We agree that Harry really dominated this performance, but usually we see coaches be a little more diplomatic in what they say.

Jolan d. Efe, Team Ricky Wilson – It’s the battle of the one-name singers! We really didn’t love the song choice too much, since it was a little too high-energy to the point that it took away from some of the vocals. Probably the weakest overall battle so far.

Charley Blue d. Scott & Vicki, Team Will – We always lament that duo acts never do well on the British show, but did you think they had a real shot here? The majority of the “Black Magic” performance was all over the place, but we think there is more with Charley that Will can work with.

Chloe Castro d. Alaric Green, Team Ricky – This performance started slow, but it did eventually crescendo into something big, beautiful, and almost ethereal. One of the best performances of the night, and we’re not surprised by the results. Steal: George takes Alaric.

Faheem d. Aaron Hill, Team Will – We’re a little surprised at all of the buzz around this performance, mostly because we found it a little bit all over the place when it comes to pitch. Also, does Aaron really need to sing all the time? Anyhow… Steal: Paloma takes Aaron.

Laura Begley d. Thomas Robertson, Team George – They have a great friendship apparently, but we gotta say that the battle itself was a little bit uneventful from start to finish. Decent vocals, but nothing to help us remember this.

Jordan Gray d. Theo Llewellyn, Team Paloma – We have no idea precisely what the process was to get Jordan back after one of Paloma’s team members left. Did she have her pick of everyone from the pool? It’s a little confusing, but ultimately it doesn’t matter sense this was an excellent performance. Steal: Will takes Theo.

Brooklynne Richards d. Tom Milner, Team Ricky – Like with Laura, this was a somewhat-forgettable battle, and one with a predictable results. We would say that the song probably favored Richards, but she probably would’ve won with anything.

Rick Snowdon d. Bradley Waterman, Team Paloma – Love the bluesy song-choice, love the arrangement, and we really like Rick. He’s up there with Lydia on the list of people we think could win this whole thing. Good news for Bradley, as well! Steal: George takes Bradley.

Cody Frost d. Heather Cameron-Hughes, Team George – Given that Cody is cut from the same cloth as her mentor, you really cannot claim that this is too great of a surprise. Since it was the end of the night, obviously the show wanted to end on a happy note. Steal: Paloma takes Heather.

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