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Friday 25 July 2014

Four singers reach The Voice final

The Voice coaches Danny O'Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J and will i am

Four acts sang their way into the final of talent show The Voice as half of the hopefuls were axed from the competition.

Matt Henry, Andrea Begley, Leah McFall and Mike Ward will now battle it out to be crowned the winner of next week's final after receiving the most public votes.

The semi-final ended with Ash Morgan, Karl Michael, Cleo Higgins and Joseph Apostol all learning they were going home.

Morgan's mentor Jessie J told him: "You have one of the best voices that I've heard in a long time and your going home doesn't change that."

Begley, who is visually impaired, looked delighted as she said: "All I can say is thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. For people to vote for me because of my singing is just the best feeling in the world."

The 27-year-old, from County Tyrone, wowed judges with her rendition of Joan Osborne's One Of Us, but it was for the public to decide that they liked her above mentor Danny O'Donoghue's other act, Karl Michael, 27.

Budding country singer Ward, 23, from Salford, said he was very "surprised" at getting through. "I never thought I'd have come this far," he added. He beat coach Sir Tom Jones's other act, Apostol, 21, with the Welsh legend telling him: "I'm glad that I didn't have to make the decision tonight. It would have been a difficult one as they're both great singers and they're different from one another."

Higgins, who previously found fame in the late 1990s with girl band Cleopatra, sang a rousing version of Don't Let Go by En Vogue but lost out to will.i.am's other contestant, McFall, 23, from Belfast.

The 30-year-old, from Birmingham, said she had known she would be voted out. "I've had the best time," she said. "I knew I was going home. I'm so happy I'm leaving on a really good note." But the Black Eyed Peas star told Higgins he would like to work with her in the future. "You really impressed me Cleo," he said. "You are an amazing artist."

The final of The Voice will be on BBC1 next Saturday.

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