James makes it through to next stage of The Voice

James Byron perforrming on The Voice. Photographer: Guy Levy
James Byron perforrming on The Voice. Photographer: Guy Levy

A contestant on BBC1 series The Voice has won himself a place in the next stages of the show following a tense few minutes which saw the decision maker take time out from recording to decide.

James Byron from Illston on the Hill went up against experienced burlesque singer Kiki de Ville in the battle stages of the programme which was shown on Saturday evening.

Before James emerged triumphant after the battle, where the two contestants did a duet of Because The Night by Patti Smith, he told will-i-am how he combatted his shyness with his singing.

The shy singer told the camera how he was nervous about being paired with Kiki, who will-i-am later said should have her own television show.

James said: “I was quite shocked with the pairing, because Kiki is very theatrical. I was quite nervous going into piano rehearsal.

“Kiki has got such a big personality, when she walks into the room you know she’s there.”

Following the performance by Kiki and James, will-i-am, the pairs coach, left presenters, audience and contestants with open mouths after requesting a trip to the loo.

He said: “Yeah, that was fantastic, was flawless. You guys were immaculate, proud of you guys.”

“These are some of the best people on my team because they are more than just great singers, they’re like the complete package.

“Kiki is like, you need to have your own TV show... I really don’t know, erm, can I use the restroom? I’ll be back.”

James’ success means that both himself and Lutterworth’s Sally Barker have secured themselves a place in their respective coaches final six on the popular show.