A more lighthearted competition! Tom Jones takes his Voice contestants for a round of miniature golf
10:10 GMT, 12 May 2012
With the show's final looming ever closer, it's understandable that the Voice contestants are starting to feel the pressure.
So it's up to their mentors to ensure that the hopefuls enjoy a few relaxing activities during their downtime, to ensure that the pressure doesn't get on top of them
Sir Tom Jones gave a glimpse of his playful side by taking his team along to play miniature golf at the Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf course in Hertfordshire.
Showing them how it's done! Tom Jones took his Voice contestants Adam Isaac, Matt and Sueleen, Leanne Mitchell and Ruth Brown for a spot of miniature golf on the Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf course in Hertfordshire
He accompanied Adam Isaac, Matt and Sueleen, Leanne Mitchell and Ruth Brown for the slightly lower octane competition.
Footage of the outing will air on The Voice tonight on BBC1.
Unable to forget the music for long, Sir Tom has admitted that he's keen to duet with his contestant Ruth Brown.
He told the Daily Star: 'Ruth has got something that I've never heard from any singer before, ever.'
'She has got an amazing range and she
goes into places vocally that are incredible. I'd love to do a duet
with her, but I think I could duet with any of the contestants as
they're all really solid singers.'
Tom added a word of appreciation for the show's live audience, saying: 'At my concerts, I sing for two hours then I'm gone.'
One track mind: Unable to forget the music for long, Sir Tom has admitted that he's keen to duet with his contestant Ruth Brown
'But those poor people in the studio
audience have to be sat there for eight hours. I'm really conscious of
trying to entertain them all day. I don't know how they manage to sit
there for so long.'
Tom also spoke to the Daily Mail about his experience on The Voice so far.
‘I always like to know what new talent is out there and what people think of it,’ he said. It’s that keen ear that has stood him in good stead since the days of his first hit, It’s Not Unusual, in 1965.
Next to his fellow coaches, Will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue, Sir Tom likes to come over as the voice of experience, recalling his songs with Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley.
He looks like he’s enjoying himself on the show, but he admits he was wary of signing up in case it damaged his carefully nurtured reputation.
Tom admitted: ‘Doing The Voice was a gamble. When I was offered it, I thought, do I expose myself that much because then people will start having opinions about me'
The Voice of experience: Sir Tom likes to refer to his wealth of music knowledge and contacts on the panel alongside Danny O'Donoghue, Jessie J, and Will.i.am
‘In the past, the only decisions I have had to make were to do with my career. Now I have got to make decisions on the future of other people, and that’s been difficult. I know what it feels like because I’ve been there. They’re doing the best they can and then someone says: “I am sorry, but …”’
Maybe the judges aren’t supposed to show favouritism among their own acts, but Sir Tom is candid about who he wants to win from his team.
‘Ruth Brown has the most unusual-sounding voice to me,' he said.
'She is only 19 and it is amazing what she does with it and the range that she has. I hope that comes over to the viewers because in the studio you hear all the dynamics, but it gets squashed down on television. Everybody there who hears her is touched by this kid.’
‘I was listening for honesty in the vocals. That’s what I want to hear on records. Jessie J looked for people who have more gymnastics in their voice because that’s the way she sings.'