Vanessa White's 'brother' Vince Kidd secures a place on The Voice as West End star Kerry Ellis is given her marching orders
21:21 GMT, 31 March 2012
You'd think having friends in high places might let wannabes get record deals via nepotism.
But even Vanessa White's 'brother' Vince Kidd was forced to audition for his place on The Voice.
His creative rendition of Madonna's Like A Virgin earned him praise from all four judges, before he eventually picked Jessie J as his mentor.
Earlier this afternoon, The Saturdays star had tweeted her support, saying: 'Everyone please watch The Voice tonight my brother @kiddulthood is gonna be singing and u really don't wanna miss it x'
Winning material Vince Kidd sang a rendition of Madonna's Like A Virgin, picking Jessie J as his mentor
Emotional: Vince picked Jessie after revealing he had been to her concerts
But it seems the popstar was only
using affectionate vernacular, as her biological brother is actually
called Ryan, and she has a younger sister named Celine.
Danny O'Donoghue pressed his buzzer
first before Jessie and Will.i.am followed, with Tom Jones turning
around at the eleventh hour, claiming he thought Vince was two people.
The Script frontman said: 'You did a fantastic job. I had no idea who I'd turn around to and the look matched the voice.'
'Not what I'm looking for': Kerry Ellis was sent home as Danny O'Donoghue said she didn't fit the mould
Already a success: West End star Kerry has appeared in Oliver, Wicked and We Will Rock You
Will added: 'First you flipped the
hell out of that! I never thought anyone could soul that up, it's an
ultimate pop song. I want you to join my squad.'
But despite praise from the boys, he picked the Do It Like A Dude star, gushing: 'I just love you. I used to come and watch you perform.'
Sadly though, as Vince set one foot
on the yellow brick road to glory, it was a case of don't give up the
day job for West End musical actress Kerry Ellis.
Moment of glory: Heshima Thompson belted out Dynamite by Taio Cruz, earning himself a place on Will's team
Tasted fame: Heshima was cast in the EastEnders spin-off E20 in 2010 as Asher Levi
The 32-year-old has powered her way through stints in My Fair Lady, Les Misrables, Oliver, Wicked, We Will Rock You and Miss Saigon – but her version of Son Of A Preacher Man could not save her.
After the embarrassment of no one turning around, she admitted: 'It was a risk to be publicly said 'no' to, but it's
character-building for me and you get back on the horse and you carry
Danny praised her talents, but said
she wasn't what he was looking for: 'I can't fault you, I can only fault
myself. All I can say is I'm looking for a specific girl singer and
you're not it.'
But it seems Kerry wasn't the only famous face taking a risk tonight.
Trying his luck: As Jessie joined Aleks Josh on stage, he was hoping for a kiss – but he didn't get one
Heshima Thompson, who belted out Dynamite by Taio Cruz, is somewhat of a regular on television.
The 25-year-old has landed roles in Casualty, Spooks, Prime Suspect and in 2010, was cast as Asher Levi in series 2 of EastEnders: E20.
Will & Danny immediately turned around, before Tom and Jessie hit their button simultaneously.
After Danny advised him to concentrate on his dance moves as 'they come out of nowhere and the vocals suffer,' Will agreed.
Edgy: Frances Wood, 18, made up numbers on Will's team with Black Eyed Peas hit Where Is The Love
He said: 'I agree with Danny and you started losing what the focus was… but none of these guys can dance. Pick me! You have the whole thing, if you're looking for longevity, you've gotta be with me!'
And it seemed to work, with Heshima selecting Will.
Glasgow gran Barbara Bryceland, 47, earned herself a place on Tom's team after impressing him with Wild Horses by Rolling Stones.
While David Julien, 23, discovered that taking a risk and quitting his job paid off.
Real-life couple: Matt and Sueleen, have been together for 15 years
In the hands of fate: The couple picked Tom after tossing a coin between him and Jessie J
After belting out The Man Who Can't
Be Moved by The Script, his fate was sealed as Danny spun around only to
give him a standing ovation.
Danny said: 'I heard the same heart and intention as when I wrote it. We belong together.'
Guitarist Vince Freeman, 34, also won Danny's heart strumming the guitar to Sex On Fire.
Sadly for Shansel Huseyin, 17, she failed to make the grade after switching from pop to opera.
Winning streak: David Faulkner sang Superstition by Stevie Wonder, before picking Jessie J as his mentor
the world's most mature looking teenager Holly Cosgrove, 16, failed to
progress to the boot camp stage with Ed Sheeran's infectious You Need
Me, I Don't Need You.
However, it wasn't all doom and gloom for the younger generation.
Aleks Josh, 17, won himself a place in the next round with I'm Yours by Jason Mraz.
Danny said: 'For being nervous, that was one hell of a performance. The song really suited you and you put your own spin on it.'
Trying to win Alex over, Will chimed in: 'The character of your voice is star quality.'
Second taste of fame: Deniece Pearson used to sing with her siblings in Five Star
Jessie – who claimed she didn't turn around 'because of some tuning
issues' – played mediator by joining him on the stage when it was time
Cheeky Alex tried his luck by getting a kiss from her, but she politely declined.
After eventually choosing Danny, the Irishman smugly quipped: 'That's the winner right there!'
Frances Wood, 18, made up numbers on Will's team with Black Eyed Peas hit Where Is The Love
said: 'I didn't turn around because you sang one of our songs. You have
a great voice and sometimes it's hard to hear a voice when it's your
own song. I like the way you interpreted a rap and made it your own.
There were parts you were out of breath, but I'd like to work with you
Raunchy: Holly Cosgrove, 16, failed to progress with Ed Sheeran's infectious You Need Me, I Don't Need You
Onward and upwards: Holly said it was not the last the general public see of her
Tom picked up two more contenders for his side, including a double act.
couple Matt and Sueleen, who have been together for 15 years, showed
off their harmonies during a touching version of A Little Time by The
After Jessie and the Sex Bomb singer pressed their buzzers, the duo could not decide and left it in the hands of fate.
Matt said: 'We're going to base our future career on a coin toss' – before landing on heads, which just so happened to be Tom.
Standing ovation: David Julien sang The Man Who Can't Be Moved by The Script, leaving Danny overwhelmed
'We belong together': Danny gushed over his new recruit
also won over Deniece Pearson, 43, of Five Star fame, who once upon a
time sang with her siblings in the group dubbed the 'British Jackson 5'
and has even performed for the Queen.
But while she may be considered a has-been, Jessie earned a newbie in the guise of David Faulkner.
his performance of Superstition by Stevie Wonder, she gushed: 'You're
the reason I came on this show, to find people that can sing! If you
come on my team, I'll make you work on that voice.'
Tom now has six acts, Jessie has five, Danny has four and Will is lagging behind with three.
Scottish star: Glasgow gran Barbara Bryceland, 47, earned herself a place on Tom's team with Wild Horses