Having his cake and eating it! will.i.am axes Jenny Jones in favour of Joelle Moses – but then approaches her in bid to work together
15:23 GMT, 23 April 2012
It was supposed the be the drama-free show that focused solely on the vocals.
But The Voice is at the heart of three fresh accusations today.
Not only have ITV blasted the BBC for running late on Saturday night and causing a three minute overlap between shows, but the programme has been ridiculed for picking contestants solely on age and now it has surfaced will.i.am approached axed contestant Jenny Jones in a bid to work with her.
Why not pick her will.i.am is chasing Jenny Jones in a bid to work together, despite axing her on Saturday
Not strong enough: Jenny was sent home after Joelle Moses won the battle of Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman
Jenny, 25, was given her marching
orders this weekend in the first 'battle' show, after powerhouse Joelle
Moses, 21, pipped her to the post during their rendition of I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan.
However, it seems the Black Eyed Peas star was trying to have his cake and eat it, hoping to coach Joelle while his
helper on the show, producer Dante Santiago, made contact with Jenny via email.
A BBC insider told The Sun: 'He (will.i.am)
can’t do anything with Jenny until after the show and nothing formal has
been offered to her.'
This would be the second taste of fame for blonde Jenny, who has already toured with Basshunter.
Meanwhile, further controversy has come in the guise of reject flame-haired J Marie Cooper.
Ageist! J Marie Cooper, 27, said the show is called 'The Voice not The Age' after Sophie Griffin, 17, was picked
Upset: J Marie said she is not quite as experienced as people think, still earning 7.50 an hour
The 27-year-old was also axed from
the first season of the Beeb show this weekend, in favour of younger
wannabe Sophie Griffin – despite seeming to be the stronger of the two.
J Marie appeared to articulate her upset on Twitter, before backtracking and deleting the comments.
wrote: 'The fact that I am 27, should not have even been a factor. It's
called 'The Voice' not 'The Age'. I'm stating faces here. X
'I don't feel I was portrayed entirely correctly… I have experience as a singer yes, but needed this opportunity too. I am still working for
Team Jessie: Becky Hill, Toni Warne, Vince Kidd, Cassius Henry and Ruth Ann St Luce
Team Tom: Ruth Brown, Matt & Sueleen, Leanne Mitchell, Adam Isaac and Sam Buttery
'7.50 and hour.. So the whole 'she's so experienced' thing is a bit much. I am but don't think that that should be a reason no to go through.'
Once the tweets had been erased, she added the more wholesome messages of: 'I'm actually happy with the outcome @iamwill made his choice, I can't force anyone… I'm just excited about the future now!! :))))))
'Thanks for all the support guys. @SophieGMusic is a lovely girl -Please support her xxx'
The winner of the show will scoop a
contract with Universal for a minimum of one year.
Team Will: Jaz Ellington, Frances Wood, Sophie Griffin, Joelle Moses and Tyler James
Team Danny: Aleks Josh, Max Milner, Hannah Berney, David Julien and Bo Bruce