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Final 20 acts in The Voice chosen

Viewers have seen the coaches on BBC One's The Voice choose the final 20 acts who will head through to the live stages of the contest.

They include Jaz Ellington who became favourite to win the contest after he was seen securing a place on the show last week, while Joelle Moses is the next most-fancied.

But there has been disappointment for some well-known faces including former Five Star singer Deniece Pearson who was axed during this weekend's "battle stage".

Each of the coaches - Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am - had to choose half of their team to go forward, and the rest were axed from the show.

During the two 90-minute shows there were tears and heartache as contestants saw their dreams dashed, and the coaches were in turmoil with their choices.

Those who have made it through include Amy Winehouse's pal Tyler James and aristocratic Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce, known to viewers as Bo Bruce.

But it is Jaz Ellington - whose audition had Will and Jessie in tears - who leads the pack with bookmaker William Hill putting him at 5-1 to take victory.

Next Saturday viewers begin to have their say as the public vote begins, whittling away one member from each of the coaches' teams of five.

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