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Defeated quartet lose their Voice

Sir Tom Jones celebrated his 73rd birthday on the first live episode of The Voice but the party was over for Leanne Jarvis, Sarah Cassidy, Alys Williams and Mitchel Emms whose performances failed to win them a place in the semi-finals.

The four contestants left the series following an emotional episode which saw Mitchel break down in tears as he was knocked out.

The 19 year old from Stafford said: "I never imagined even getting this far and of course I'm extremely disappointed, I had so much more to show you guys."

He appeared overwhelmed with emotion as he hugged Danny O'Donoghue who told the audience: "All I know is that there are record companies all across the UK right now that are going to snap him up. I absolutely know it."

It came after coach Will.i.am praised the singer for a performance that was both "electric and electrifying" and Sir Tom told him: "Your energy was tremendous".

Earlier, fellow contestants Alys and Sarah also bowed out following the public vote. Sarah graciously thanked the coaches for the "amazing experience" before Jessie J told her: "This is not the end".

Alys received support from Sir Tom who told her she had the "warmest and sexiest" voice on the show as she departed.

Last to leave was Leanne who told viewers: "I have enjoyed every minute. It's been my dream to do a live show like this and to be given the opportunity. It's a dream come true."

Meanwhile, Cleo Higgins, who survived the public vote, was left speechless following the news that she had made it through to the next round.

The live show saw Ash Morgan, Joseph Apostol, Andrea Begley and Leah McFall given passes to the semi-final. They will be joined by Mike Ward, Karl Michael, Matt Henry and Cleo.

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