The Voice's Jaz revels he was inspired by murdered friend in gang-related attack
23:23 GMT, 14 April 2012
Singer Jaz Ellington's highly emotional performance on BBC's The Voice last night was inspired by the death of his close friend in a gang-related attack.
Fabian Ricketts, 18, was shot in the chest in Battersea, south London, in April 2006, after becoming involved in a gang dispute.
Ellington, 28, who reduced two of the show's judges to tears as he sang a version of Ed Sheeran's A Team, followed by John Legend’s Ordinary People, said his friend's death led him to pursue a music career.
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'I've gone through a lot of heartache and I've written about it. I lost Fabian a few years ago. It was like, “Wow, I'm never going to see you again”.
'The only way I could express that was in a song called Perfect Picture which I sang at his funeral.
'It was very hard to do but when I wrote the song I felt a bit better. It was really emotional, it was hard.
'You don't know what you’ve got until it's gone. When Fabian went that was a painful moment for me.
'I mean, you see these things on TV but when you’re involved yourself it's madness.'
South London murder victim Fabian Ricketts was an inspiration for him, Jaz Ellington said
Last night Ellington, the final act of the audition stage of the show, was picked to join Will.i.Am's team of ten singers – winning the last place available in the competition.
Will said afterwards: 'Not only did he sing awesome but he blessed us with a better version of Ordinary People. His name is Jaz because that's what he wants to do.'
Last night's show marked the end of The Voice's audition rounds before the programme moves on to the battleground stage next weekend.