Olly Murs details Sir Tom Jones ‘fights’ over contestants on The Voice

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Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs, will.i.am and Anne-Marie are ready for The Voice UK semi-finals after a nerve-wracking audition and battle process. ITV fans are always very vocal online when they disagree with the coaches’ decision not to chose a particular singer but Olly has revealed Sir Tom “fights” with himself over his choices and takes his team very seriously. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Olly was asked whether he struggles with the pressure of choosing the last few members of his team. 

The hit-maker explained: “I blame the casting for the show the talent is too good. 

“You know when you watch other talent shows there’s always the funny ones or the ones that aren’t very good and you can almost accept at home that’s the reason why the coaches haven’t turned.

“I’ll be honest, this year I don’t know if it’s because I’m on social media a little bit more because I’m at home and I’ve got nothing else to do in my life.”

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“I’ve sat there watching the show, and I’m getting like all these tweets going, ‘They’re really good but you never press your button,’” he continued. 

“It’s because they might be really good but we’re looking for, not just good, we’re looking for something different or exceptional a little bit of something extra whatever you want to call it. 

“We get slated because fans are like, ‘You should have pressed it they’re really good,’ and I’m like ‘Well yeah they have been really good, I can’t deny that.’ 

“But the show’s casting is amazing. Tom at the end of the show last week, he could have pressed his button for any of them.” 

“Everyone at home saying you should have pressed for this one or that one because they’re all good,” Olly said. 

“Tom is genuinely fighting with himself thinking, ‘I’m not looking for good, I’m looking for something different, something that’s never been heard for something that people are going to go wow,’ and sometimes we do just miss those little moments.”

After the first 2021 auditions, Olly took to Twitter to apologise to contestant Drew Thomas. 

He said: “Wow @drewthomasmusic watching the show back… poor from us! I can only apologise and say sorry mate! Such a beautiful song and top voice! I am absolutely gutted.”

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Addressing his apology, Olly said: “He was exceptional. I feel personally for me because I’m on social media quite a lot. 

“I just felt it was important to reach out to him and almost say I’m apologising for all of us because I think you could tell on the show how disappointed he was but also to let him know he was great. 

“Maybe there was something slightly wrong with the performance maybe it wasn’t that one big note or that one special thing.”

“As coaches, we can’t really put our finger on it, what it is,” Olly continued. 

“But, when we do press our button there is that one moment just triggers our brain to go, ‘Oh my god this is something different or something special,’ it might just be one-note, or it might be one little something different that you haven’t heard before,” the singer said. 

“And maybe Drew just didn’t quite get that across in his performance. But he was the one for me, I think.

“Listen every year I’ve done this show, I’ve watched it back and there’s always a regret.

“But I like to be on the positive side and say you know what we’ve all got great singers and if I’d put Drew through I’d probably have regretted one of the other singers that I didn’t press my button for.”

The Voice UK continues on ITV on Saturday at 8.30pm.

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