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South Wales singer Paul Black certainly made an impression on after convincing The Voice coach he was actually from New Jersey.

The tattoo artist from Merthyr Tydfil put on an American accent and told the panel in the BBC singing show that he was "from Hoboken, New Jersey, where Frank Sinatra is from" before telling them: "I didn't like it there so I moved all the way to Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales."

But the 45-year-old had the US rapper and producer fooled, leaving him asking "You really from New Jersey?" before Sir Tom Jones stepped in to explain it was "Welsh humour".

But Sir Tom ended up on the receiving end of another of his jokes in tonight's show as Black asked him: "D ad, where have you been all these years? Mam said it was the only way I could get to see you."

Also out to impress the judges was 31-year-old Laverne Scott-Roberts who wants a second chance at fame.

The single mother of four said: "W hen I was 18 years of age, I was actually in a girlband with two other girls and we got a development deal and we were having a lot of fun with each other and it was great.

"I then f ell pregnant with my first little boy, I really left everything and came back home to be a mother."

The singer, from Cheshire, who performed Ellie Goulding's Explosions, said it was the first time in 10 years that she had stepped on a stage.

She said: "I have a record deal with the kitchen sink now because it's the only place I get to sing."

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