The Voice: Tom Jones questions if he made a 'mistake'
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The final of The Voice UK will air tonight and one contestant will finally be crowned the winner of the 2021 series. After seven blind rounds, two battles and two semi-finals, the remaining four singers will take to the stage to sing their hearts out.
Singing for Team Will is 18-year-old student Okulaja from Kent while singing for Team Olly is shop assistant Grace Holden, 18.
Musician Craig Eddie is performing for Team Anne-Marie and finally, mother and full-time singer Hannah Williams will be singing for Team Tom.
Speaking to the Daily Express and other press ahead of the final, Sir Tom Jones gave his finalist Hannah Williams a piece of advice on how to handle fame after the show.
He went on to recall what it was like for him when he was trying to break the music industry in the 1960s
“The experiences that you get, the exposure that you get from a Saturday night television show, especially a music show which this is,” Sir Tom began. “This is all about the voice.
“You’ve got to use it to the best of your advantage and to take advantage of being on television and that millions of people are going to see you every week.”
The Sex Bomb hitmaker went on add that if The Voice was around when he began his career, he would have jumped at the chance.
He continued: “This should be an advantage that you should grab a hold of. I know I would have if this show would have been available to me in 1963.
“When I first came to London and tried to get a record contract and everything, this would have been a perfect vehicle for me, I’d have been in here like a shot.”
“There are a lot more singers around now than when I came onto the scene,” he added.
“You know there was a big group scene in the 60s. So, if you weren’t part of a group, because when The Beatles got big, everybody wanted more Beatles, and then we got the ones and all these different bands.
“So, for me, it was a good thing because I was an individual, so I cut through being different from what was going on.”
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“That’s a thing that I feel you should do,” he explained to Hannah. “You should stick to your guns.
“Especially being a lady like Hannah is, to have a child. I had a son at an early age, so it gave me more determination to get on with it and to make a success of myself, not only for myself but for my family as well.
“So, that is another drive, which maybe single people don’t have.
“When you are married with a child I think it gives you more drive because you want that for your family and for them to be proud of you and that’s a good thing.”
There have been a lot of changes to The Voice UK this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Like last year, The Voice hasn’t been able to have a live audience watch any of the rounds, with a virtual crowd instead of cheering on their favourite singers – and the final will be no different.
Viewers will see the four, Sir Tom Jones, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs and Will.i.am taking to the stage to perform together for the final time this series.
Last year’s 2020 winner of The Voice UK, Blessing Chitapa, will also return to perform her new single.
The Voice UK Live Final airs tonight at 8.30pm on ITV.
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