"I get choked up when she sings": An emotional Sir Tom Jones hails Ruth Brown as "something special" on The Voice


'I get choked up when she sings': An emotional Sir Tom Jones hails Ruth Brown as 'something special' on The Voice

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21:24 GMT, 12 May 2012

Ruth Brown was inspired by Emeli Sand and her performance last week on the show and she chose to sing Next To Me.

In a floral trouser suit the young singer wowed the audience and again had the judges standing and applauding after a powerhouse performance.

The 20-year-old moved Tom Jones to tears as the Welsh mentor struggled to get his words out when trying to give her feedback.

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Vocal star: Ruth Brown gave a great performance on tonight's The Voice, and she moved Sir Tom Jones to tears

Vocal star: Ruth Brown gave a great performance on tonight's The Voice, and she moved Sir Tom Jones to tears

Teary eyed: The Welsh singing legend said he was getting choked up after watching his protege perform brilliantly

Teary eyed: The Welsh singing legend said he was getting choked up after watching his protege perform brilliantly

An emotional Sir Tom Jones said: 'When I
hear Ruth sing I get choked up.

'I've sang duets with a lot of people and
I've heard some amazing voices throughout my career but this girl has
got something special I've never heard before in my life.'

Will said: 'You sing incredible right. Each time you perform again you get better and better and better.

'You don't need explosions behind you but if you put some missiles and stuff coming out, that would just be out of this world.'

Feel the noise: The 20-year-old singer had the whole audience chanting her name and cheering for her during and after her performance

Feel the noise: The 20-year-old singer had the whole audience chanting her name and cheering for her during and after her performance

Plain sailing: All of the judges were in agreement that the young singer was absolutely amazing

Plain sailing: All of the judges were in agreement that the young singer was absolutely amazing

Feeling good: From left, will.i.am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue all stood up in appreciation of Ruth

Feeling good: From left, will.i.am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue all stood up in appreciation of Ruth

Jessie J could hardly speak either but that was partly because she was interrupted by an over excited will.i.am and a loud audience who were chanting Ruth's name.

The Price Tag singer said that Ruth didn't need any big stage production to help display her talent because she sings from within.

The first singer to take to the stage on the night was Team Tom's Leanne, and she sang I Put A Spell On You, by Nina Simone.

Pretty good: Leanne sang for Team Tom and received positive feedback from the mentors

Pretty good: Leanne sang for Team Tom and received positive feedback from the mentors

The woman in black: Leanne wore a long dress and kept her hair up in a plaited bun

The woman in black: Leanne wore a long dress and kept her hair up in a plaited bun to sing I Put A Spell On You

Joined by a saxophone player, Leanne gave a good rendition of the classic song dressed in a floor length black dress.

The judges were clearly impressed and all gave her a standing ovation once she hit the final note.

Danny O'Donoghue said: 'Genuinely you did cast a spell on me. Congratulations Tom. What a way to open the show.'

Will agreed with him and said: 'You really put a spell on me. Those rifts those runs you were doing. Wow.'

Royalty: Frances Wood sat on a black throne at the start of her performance before jumping up and dancing

Royalty: Frances Wood sat on a black throne at the start of her performance before jumping up and dancing

Dancing queen: The teenager sang hit song Show Me Love by Robin S, but split the mentors opinion

Dancing queen: The teenager sang hit song Show Me Love by Robin S, but split the mentors opinion

Star quality: Will.i.am said that he was very proud of Frances and he thought she was awesome

Star quality: Will.i.am said that he was very proud of Frances and he thought she was awesome

Second up was Frances Wood for Team Will singing Show Me Love by Robin S.

The impressive teenager began her performance sitting on a throne in a white netted skirt and T-shirt.

Her mentor joined the audience in clapping along with the song but not all the panel were so supportive.

While Will said: 'I thought you did great. You did me proud, awesome,' Jessie J didn't agree.

She said: 'I would have just liked to have heard it in a higher key. It was nice but you can take more risks.'

Must try harder: Jessie J was not as impressed as will.i.am and said she would like to see Frances take it higher next time

Must try harder: Jessie J was not as impressed as will.i.am and said she would like to see Frances take it higher next time

Under pressure: Matt and Sueleen were worried after being in the bottom two previously

Under pressure: Matt and Sueleen were worried after being in the bottom two previously

Matt and Sueleen were feeling the pressure this week after being saved from elimination by Tom last time out.

The couple said ahead of their performance that they need to 'up our game and connect with the audience'.

They sang a guitar driven folk version of Missing, by Everything But The Girl, sitting back to back on benches.

Back to basics: The couple said ahead of their performance that they need to 'up our game and connect with the audience'

Back to basics: The couple said ahead of their performance that they need to 'up our game and connect with the audience'

Bench warmers: Having the singers sing away from each other split the mentors with some liking it and others hating it

Bench warmers: Having the singers sing away from each other split the mentors with some liking it and others hating it

Will said: 'You guys just proved that the kind of group that you guys are, I would love to hear more from you guys.

'It looked amazing, I thought I was like a Harry Potter moment.'

Jessie and Danny disagreed though and said that visually they would have liked more of a connection.

Will's next act was Joelle and she said she wanted to sing I Surrender by Celine Dion because it means a lot to her.

Shimmer girl: Joelle looked great with honey blonde locks and a mirror panelled dress

Shimmer girl: Joelle looked great with honey blonde locks and a mirror panelled dress

High five: The singer interacted with the audience and the mentors as she sang What Doesn't Kill You by Kelly Clarkson

High five: The singer interacted with the audience and the mentors as she sang What Doesn't Kill You by Kelly Clarkson

However, will.i.am said he didn't think that song would help her win and they changed choice to What Doesn't Kill You by Kelly Clarkson.

The songstress looked great in a mirrored mini dress and an excited Will couldn't help dancing out of his chair.

Jessie J said: 'That was great, vocally great, but I just want you to let go more.'

Danny
added: 'You cracked on a couple of the high notes but it was great,'
but Will jumped to Joelle's defence and said: 'You didn't crack, he on
crack'.

Animated man: Will.i.am enjoyed the performance and paid particular attention to the visuals behind Joelle

Animated man: Will.i.am enjoyed the performance and paid particular attention to the visuals behind Joelle

Animated man: Will.i.am enjoyed the performance and paid particular attention to the visuals behind Joelle

Having a laugh: Holly Willoughby and Joelle cracked up as will.i.am continued to make funny comments about the performance

Having a laugh: Holly Willoughby and Joelle cracked up as will.i.am continued to make funny comments about the performance

Joelle said backstage after her performance: 'I feel great, I feel awesome after that performance so just keeping my fingers crossed.'

Soloist Tyler looked dapper in a red suit as he crooned Terence Trent D'arby hit, Sign your name.

Will said: 'You're an artist man, the stage looked like art. Your country should be honoured to have a smooth singer like you.'

Smooth operator: Tyler sang Terence Trent D'arby hit, Sign your name, and had Jessie J swooning

Smooth operator: Tyler sang Terence Trent D'arby hit, Sign your name, and had Jessie J swooning

Great visuals: The soulful singer had made a lot of effort with the stage production and backing dancers

Great visuals: The soulful singer had made a lot of effort with the stage production and backing dancers

Jessie flirted a little and told him: 'You're so smooth, I want to hang out with you. And let's go out for dinner.'

Guitar playing Adam sang a low key version of High and Dry by British rockers Radiohead.

Danny didn't think it was his strongest performance but he said he was hoping for a little bit more.

Strumming on: Guitar playing Adam sang a low key version of High and Dry by British rockers Radiohead

Strumming on: Guitar playing Adam sang a low key version of High and Dry by British rockers Radiohead

The Jazz man: The singer brought his wife to tears after dedicating his performance to her on their wedding anniversary

The Jazz man: The singer brought his wife to tears after dedicating his performance to her on their wedding anniversary

Jaz took a risk this week by singing a mash up of Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel and Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.

He dedicated the performance to his pregnant wife and she watched on proudly from the audience with tears of joy streaming down her cheeks.

Will said: 'I'm a speak from my heart. My mom's a single mom and I wish she had someone in her life that could sing that to her like you did.'

Danny was also touched and he said: 'I'm glad you took my advice from last week. I sat here and just closed my eyes. You're special, really really special.'

Happy lady: Jaz's wife is expecting their first child together and she shed tears of joy during her husband's performance

Happy lady: Jaz's wife is expecting their first child together and she shed tears of joy during her husband's performance