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Voice hopeful Matt's second chance

Singing hopeful Matt Henry has landed a place in the live quarter-finals of The Voice, just days after viewers saw him a whisker away from crashing out.

The 34-year-old was ditched by his coach Will.i.am last week but was given a second chance by Jessie J who has now put him through to the next stage of the contests.

Viewers saw the coaches finalise their teams of three who head into the live section of the BBC One series, beginning on Friday.

Just 12 contestants now remain in the show with others through to the next round including Ash Morgan and Karl Michael.

Matt's survival means he has outlived Jordan Lee Davies who actually beat him in the battle rounds and could have spelled the end of his run in the contest until Jessie came to his aid by stealing him for her team.

On Saturday night - as Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am completed their teams - fans of the series saw Jordan's spell in the show come to an end when he missed out on a place in Will's final three.

Jessie finalised her trio by selecting former Miss Scotland finalist Sarah Cassidy, as well as Matt and Ash for the live stage.

Danny O'Donoghue also chose his three, taking through partially sighted Andrea Begley, Mitchell Emms and Karl Michael.

He said of the next challenges for his acts: "Now it is the live shows, the biggest test of all. They have gotten over all the hurdles, over everything we have put in front of them, now it is up to them, now they have to be able to seize this opportunity with both hands and teeth and don't let go for dear life."

And Jessie told the other coaches, after completing her line-up: "I think that everybody has a strong three to be honest in their final three - but you've always got to be yeah looking over your shoulder for Team Jessie because we're coming atcha."

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