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Tom's tears over Voice contender

Sir Tom Jones was moved to tears by Joseph Apostol's performance on The Voice, securing the Filipino contestant a place in the live stages of the show.

Apostol sang A Song for You by Donny Hathaway, defeating rocker Adam Barron and the singing chef Ragsy in the knockout round to win a place on Team Tom.

Sir Tom told Apostol his performance was "not his best yet", but the emotional coach confessed: "I have to go with what my ears tell me. He has an incredible voice - even that wasn't the best performance he can do and it was still good enough to get him through."

Meanwhile, there was heartache for Will.i.am as he was forced to send home Jewish reggae singer Moni Tivony - dubbed a "Jewmaican" - despite admitting he had been his favourite to stay.

Tivony performed Stevie Wonder's Masterblaster against Essex girl Leanne Jarvis, singing the Heart hit Alone.

Black Eyed Peas star Will told Tivony he was "one catrillion times better in rehearsal". He went on: "My head coming in here was made up, I wanted Moni Tivony to go through - that is what my head was saying. But I can't do that, so I'm going to chose Leanne."

Also making it onto Will's team were Northern Irish contestant Leah McFall and former girl band star Cleo Higgins of Cleopatra, giving the rapper an all-female line-up for the quarter finals of the singing contest. He hailed Higgins as "a seasoned freaking artist".

Sir Tom's team was completed by country singer Mike Ward and fellow Welsh warbler Alys Williams.

Will was blown away by Williams' performance of Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes by The Korgis, telling her: "Alys, I was in Wonderland. I tripped and fell down the rabbit hole".

The knockout rounds continue with Team Jessie and Team Danny on Sunday night at 7pm on BBC1.

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