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Performance makes Sir Tom cry

The Voice's Sir Tom Jones shows it's not unusual to see him cry - as he is moved to tears by a hopeful on the BBC1 series.

The 71-year-old proves he is a pussycat when he wells up with emotion while watching one of his acts as the pressure and heartache are cranked up this weekend.

Four coaches have to choose half of their own team of 10 wannabes to be axed from the singing contest in the "battle round" section to be screened tonight and tomorrow.

The What's New Pussycat? singer buckles as he too feels the stresses the contestants are going through.

Host Reggie Yates said of the chart veteran's blubbing: "Tom gets incredibly emotional because I think at this point of the competition all of the coaches are attached to their artists and nobody's crap. Everybody's good.

"So I think all the coaches want all their artists to succeed. Obviously it's gonna be tough."

During rehearsals to be shown tonight, contestant Ruth Brown fills up as she sings No One by Alicia Keys, as the song brings back memories of her late father.

Sir Tom wipes a tear from his eye as he reveals: "Well I cried myself. I started to fill up because I know what she's going though ... Very touching."

Meanwhile, Reggie dismissed criticism that he and co-host Holly Willoughby have had so little screen time in the audition rounds of the show.

The 28-year-old Radio 1 DJ said: "It's always really interesting when there's a new format on TV because everybody over-analyses it... On our show it's talent, then coaches, then hosts."

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