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Performance makes Sir Tom Jones 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 on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The What's New Pussycat? singer buckles as he too feels the stresses the contestants are going through.

Programme host Reggie Yates says 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. And Tom definitely gets a bit 'emo'. It's really strange to watch Mr Sexbomb sit there with tears in his eyes but it's kind of awesome too because you know he cares."

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

Jones 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, Yates 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.

"First and foremost, if you compare this to any other talent show at this stage: how much of the hosts do you see? Not very much because it's not about the hosts at this stage. If you look at X Factor, you don't see much of Dermot (O'Leary) in the early stages and there's a reason for that, because the talent comes first.

"And on our show it's talent, then coaches, then hosts. And I can't speak for Holly but I'll definitely speak for myself and say that that's the way I'd like it to be. It's about the people on stage. It's not about me making wisecracks, it's about how good they are."

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