Crying Down The House: Tom Jones is moved to tears on The Voice during emotional rehearsals with contestant Ruth Brown

Crying Down The House: Tom Jones is moved to tears on The Voice during emotional rehearsals with contestant Ruth Brown

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23:21 GMT, 20 April 2012

It's set to be one of the most heated episodes of The Voice yet as the mentors and contestants launch the start of the battle rounds tonight.

And it seems emotion has got the better of one star judge who was moved to tears during rehearsals for the show.

Sir Tom Jones became so emotional when one of his contestants, Ruth Brown, practiced her song he started to cry.

Moved to tears: Sir Tom Jones will show off his soft side on this week's The Voice when he cried during rehearsals with his contestant Ruth Brown

Moved to tears: Sir Tom Jones will show off his soft side on this week's The Voice when he cried during rehearsals with his contestant Ruth Brown

The 19-year-old Londoner was put up against fellow soul singer Deniece Pearson as they got ready to go head-to-head and have Tom choose who to save for the live rounds.

The two contestants were given Alicia Keys' No One to perform for the show on Saturday night.

But Ruth was overcome when she started singing the words to the song: 'Everything's going to be alright', because it reminded her of her late father.

Battling it out: Ruth Brown, right, goes head-to-head for a place on the show against Deniece Pearson while singing an Alicia Keys song which reminded her of her late father

Battling it out: Ruth Brown, right, goes head-to-head for a place on the show against Deniece Pearson while singing an Alicia Keys song which reminded her of her late father

The teenager broke down and explained: 'That's what he always used to say, so it was like he was there and he was just telling me everything was going to be okay.'

Welsh crooner Tom was so moved he also wept and told the camera afterwards: 'Well, I started to cry myself. I started to fill up… because I knew what she was going through. Yeah, very touching.'

Both Ruth and Deniece were rehearsing the song in front of singer Cerys Matthews, who told Ruth: 'I just hope the thoughts of your father will help you feel strong.'

One of the girls will be sent packing by Tom on tonight's show as the competition heats up between fellow judges Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue.

Emotional: The Welsh crooner was moved to tears when Ruth broke down singing the poignant track

Emotional: The Welsh crooner was moved to tears when Ruth broke down singing the poignant track

The first live performance show will
begin on 27 April at 7pm and will run for a whopping 90 minutes, with
the first results show following on 28 April.

But this week will see each judge drop their group of ten to just five.

The Voice delivered yet another ratings
defeat to Britain’s Got Talent last weekend and will be hoping to
continue as strongly as the show continues.

The
BBC’s singing contest brought in twice as many viewers as Simon
Cowell’s ITV talent show between 8pm and 8.20pm, when the two went
head-to-head.

Who will survive Tom poses with his 10 hopefuls - half of which will be sent packing before the live rounds

Who will survive Tom poses with his 10 hopefuls – half of which will be sent packing before the live rounds

The Voice averaged 11.8million for the period, compared with 5.8million for Britain’s Got Talent.

The
BBC had given its programme an earlier slot, beginning at 7pm, to
reduce the amount of time it spends competing directly with ITV’s show.

The corporation had feared the move would cost it viewers – but its lead for the period actually increased.

Helping hand: Sir Tom brought in his pal, singer Cerys Matthews, to help him prepare his acts

Helping hand: Sir Tom brought in his pal, singer Cerys Matthews, to help him prepare his acts

From an initial two million, it jumped to four million last week – but Saturday’s difference is the biggest yet.

Overall
ratings put Britain’s Got Talent slightly ahead, with 12.2million
compared with 12.1million for The Voice, although this may be due to the
latter’s earlier start.

Critics
had questioned whether the BBC was right to spend 22million on
importing the Dutch format, but audiences have flocked to the programme,
which has contestants taking part in blind auditions so they are judged
purely on the quality of their vocals.