BBC’s The Voice battle rounds: Will.i.am sees through “old school” Jermain Jackman

Sarah Eden-Winn in a singing battle against Jermain Jackman for The Voice, Photo BBC Wall To Wall, G

Sarah Eden-Winn in a singing battle against Jermain Jackman for The Voice, Photo BBC Wall To Wall, Guy Lev - Credit: BBC/Wall to Wall

Jermain Jackman, the “singing politician” from Hackney has made it through the battle rounds on the BBC’s prestigious singing contest, The Voice.

Jermain Jackman with rapper Will.i.am on The Voice, Photo BBC Wall To Wall, Guy Lev

Jermain Jackman with rapper Will.i.am on The Voice, Photo BBC Wall To Wall, Guy Lev - Credit: BBC/Wall to Wall

The 19-year old picked up the nickname from one of the show’s four judges, legendary crooner Tom Jones, on his last appearance on the show after he was singled out by hip hop rapper Will.i.am, who is now his mentor and coach.

Sarah Eden-Winn in a singing battle against Jermain Jackman for The Voice, with presenter Emma Willi

Sarah Eden-Winn in a singing battle against Jermain Jackman for The Voice, with presenter Emma Willis, Photo BBC Wall To Wall, Guy Lev - Credit: BBC/Wall to Wall

On Saturday night he sung the duet I Knew You Were Waiting, first made famous by Aretha Franklin and George Michael, with another hopeful, Sarah Eden Winn.

Will.i.am who mentored them both was forced to choose between them and picked Jermain, who he had already met at the 2012 Hackney Weekend when he told him to apply for the series following his performance with fellow Hackney singer Leona Lewis.

“What are the odds of you seeing me at a show, and then you go to The Voice, and I’m the only one turning around for you, I think I’m supposed to see you through,” he said.


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“I just love the way he moves his little head, like it’s just like old school, he’s going to be special that kid,” he added.

Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson commented: “Female vocals hit me more emotionally than male vocals, but I have to say on that one Jermain got me there,” and pointed to his heart.

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There is one more battle round this Saturday before two knockout shows the following Saturday and Sunday. If Jermain makes it through he will appear on the live shows.

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