'It was a stupid thing to do': Danny regrets putting Bill and Max to battle on The Voice as the betrothed Norfolk boy goes home
23:07 GMT, 21 April 2012
He regrettably told his fiance that they would have to postpone their spring wedding after he was chosen by Danny O'Donoghue to join his team on The Voice.
But Bill Downs beloved will be walking down the aisle as planned after the singer from Norfolk was voted off the show tonight.
The 23-year-old from Norwich was sent packing after going head-to-head with Max Milner, who was also on Danny's team.
Scroll down to watch the first battle round…
Victorious: The Voice host Reggie Yates holds Max Milner's arm in the air after he won the battle round over fellow contestant Bill Downs who was also on Danny O'Donoghue's team
For this week's round, two members of each of the voice coaches team would go head-to-head to fight for survival and go through to next week's show.
The Script frontman Danny chose to put Bill and Max against each other in the ring – but after the performance said he regretted his choice.
The two men were given Beggin' by Madcon to sing and wowed all judges – Danny, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am – with their show.
Beggin' for a place in the live shows: Max and Bill sang their hearts out to the Madcon song
You've got a wedding to organise! Sadly, Bill was not chosen and was sent home to Norfolk to get married
Afterwards, will.i.am told them that it was a 'dope battle' and although he though Max had taken it to the 'maximum', he would have gone with Bill.
Both Jessie and Sir Tom were undecided with the Welsh crooner saying he though the battle was 'evenly matched' while the Price Tag star though it was a 'very entertaining' performance.
But it was Danny' choice to send one of them through and he said: 'The UK's looking at me thinking I'm an idiot for putting them together
and it was a stupid thing to do.
Soul divas: Will.i.am's girls Joelle Moses and Jenny Jones took to the stage first to sing Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman
And she's done it! Despite the judges agreeing that it was a tough decision to make, will.i.am settled for Joelle…
… who gave the Black Eyed Peas star a thank you hug
'Max, I have seen a spark in you but in rehearsals I saw how much Bill has come on which is why it's such a hard decision.'
But in the end he chose to take Max through to the live finals and a magnanimous Bill said: 'It's been incredible for me, this is the second time I've sung without my guitar. It's been amazing.'
First up tonight were Joelle Moses and Jenny Jones from Team Will who sang Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman.
Rock 'n' roll action: Aundrea Nyle and Sam Buttery belted out Elvis Presley's A Little Less Conversation…
… but Sir Tom chose to go with Sam saying he had more to offer
All coaches agreed that it was a
tough decision as both girls were very strong but will.i.am had the
final say and chose to take Joelle through.
He said: 'When we were are at the piano rehearsing, Joelle, you came in like you had no competition
and then Jenny surprised you to the point that you felt you weren't going to
'Jenny your voice is so full and you surprised me, you were smashing it, punching it, knocking it out, but Joelle, you came through.'
Sir Tom's contestants were up next as Aundrea Nyle took on Sam Buttery to sing Elvis Presley's A Little Less Conversation.
Aretha would be proud: Toni Warne and Kirsten Joy sang Miss Franklin's Think to battle for their place in the live shows
We have a winner! Jessie chose to send Toni through…
… who got very emotional when she realised she was still in the competition
And will.i.am was so blown away by them that he said: 'Man, let me tell you something – my eyebrows were so far back I had to pull them out my back pocket!'
Sir Tom, who said they both did the song justice, chose to take Sam
through, telling Danny afterwards that Danny 'can do a lot of other
Jessie J's team was up next with Kirsten Joy taking on Toni Warne to sing Think by Aretha Franklin which will.i.am said sounded like a choir.
Grammy performance: Will.i.am said Bo Bruce and Vince Freeman's version of U2's With or Without You was outstanding
Tough decision: Danny chose to send Bo through…
… much to the delight of her friends and family
Jessie said she would be scared to
sing with either of them as they were 'two of the best female voices'
she'd ever heard, but she decided to send Toni through, telling her
fellow judges afterwards: 'Wow, that was TV history, I'd be so proud if
I'd just sung that.'
Team Danny was back with Bo Bruce going head-to-head with Vince Freeman as they sang U2's With Or Without You.
Sir Tom said they sounded like a 'great duet' while will.i.am added that he thought it was like watching a Grammy performance.
Danny said he wanted to hear Vince reign it in but was still impressed with his execution but chose Bo to come with him to the live shows.
The Kidds are alright: Vince Kidd took on Northern Ireland lass Jessica Hammond as they sang Rihanna's We Found Love…
… but it was Vince who stole the show and was voted through to the next round
Team Will was up again and he chose
Amy Winehouse's friend Tyler James to take on Heshima Thompson to sing
Chris Brown's Yeah 3X, a song which they both thought would be difficult
for them as it took them out of their comfort zone.
All judges agreed and said each man gave it their own spin with Will.i.am saying, 'that song was a curveball, it was a challenge to see how we could flip it', before settling for Tyler to take through.
Jessie was up again with Vince Kidd taking on Jessica Hammond to sing
We Found Love by Rihanna, with Tom and Danny agreeing that they were
worried about Jessica and that the song was more suited to Vince, a
sentiment that was echoed by Jessie who chose to take Vince through.
Concerns: Both Tyler James and Heshima Thompson were worried about performing a Chris Brown song…
… and although they performed it well, it was Tyler who was victorious
Then it was the battle that many had
been dreading and looking forward to in equal measure when Jaz Ellington
took to the stage with Jay Norton to perform Marvin Gaye's Heard It
Through The Grapevine.
But there were fears before the
performance that Jaz might not be able to perform as he was suffering
from a nasty chest infection.
But despite his worries, Jaz blew the judges away with will.i.am telling him: 'You hit that one riff so hard that I hit my head because, pow, it knocked me out! If
that's what you sound like with bronchitis, then shazam!'
He also praised Jay, telling him he was better than Justin Timberlake but in the end he chose to take Jaz through to the live finals.
What were you worried about Jaz Ellington, who took on Jay Norton, was worried his chest infection would scupper him…
… but he proved he could sing even with bronchitis and was sent through to the next round
And last but not least, Team Tom was
back with former Five Star singer Deniece Pearson battling it out with
Ruth Jones as they sang No One by Alicia Keys.
Will.i.am said: 'Before there was a music industry, we sang in churches and with family and Deniece, you remind me of that
strength and you are at the height of the music industry.
'Ruth, you're 19 – I
don't know how old your soul is, child, but you have a halo over you that just
oozes out of you. What a battle'
Experience versus youth: Former Five Star singer Deniece Pearson took on 19-year-old Ruth Jones as they sang an Alicia Keys song…
… but Sir Tom chose to send Ruth through, much to her shock
Tom settled for Ruth, who got very emotional as she hugged him tight as Deniece and the rest of the audience applauded her.
The battle continues with the remaining acts at 7.30pm on Sunday 22nd April.