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Four singing hopefuls bow out

Four singing hopefuls have been knocked out of The Voice in the first live show of the series.

The quarter-final of the BBC singing contest featured performances by the 12 finalists - with each coach losing one act following a public vote.

Will.i.am lost 19-year-old Iesher Haughton, from Walthamstow, east London, but told her she was a "bona fide star", adding: "Please don't stop singing."

The only female in Kylie Minogue's team - Rachael O'Connor, 17, from Derry - was knocked out, and when she learned of her fate, she said: "I can't thank Kylie enough. She is my idol. Maybe that sounds cringey but she is."

Georgia Harrup was knocked out of Tom Jones' team, and said: "I've come further than I ever imagined."

The 27-year-old from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said this week she had not heard from her chart-topping relative Adele, in the wake of her success in the show.

She found out she was related to Adele five years ago as her father Albie, a guitarist for rock band Information who has released Christian albums as a solo performer, is the brother of Adele's grandmother. The two singers have met only once, at a family gathering when they were children.

The fourth singer forced to say goodbye to their time on The Voice was Emily Adams, 18, from Blackpool, who was the act knocked out of Ricky Wilson's team. "This ain't the last you'll see of me," she said.

Each coach now has two acts each going into next week's semi-final.

Team Will is Jermain Jackman, 19, from Hackney, east London, and Sophie-May Williams, 17, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Team Tom is Bizzi Dixon, 43, from Leicester, and Sally Barker, 54, also from Leicester.

Team Kylie is Jamie Johnson,19, from Gillingham, Kent, and Lee Glasson, 31, from Coventry.

And Team Ricky is Chris Royal, 25, from Fallowfield, Manchester, and Christina Marie Wickens, 20, from Bristol.

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