The Voice UK: Four chosen to battle for competition in final as judge Will.i.am suffers verbal mishap on air

Eight semi-finalists performed a solo cover song and a group song with their mentor and teammate

The last remaining contestants will battle it out for the title of winner of The Voice next week after four singers were knocked out in tonight's live semi-finals.

Eight semi-finalists performed a solo cover song and a group song with their mentor and teammate, before four bowed out in the penultimate stage of the competition which was decided by a public vote.

Judge Will.i.am suffered a verbal mishap when he swore on air. Commenting on singer Lee Glasson's performance, the judge said: "You were really feeling that sh*t - sorry."

Host Emma Willis apologised immediately saying: "I do apologise on Will's behalf and hope no-one has taken offence."

The judge later tweeted: "Oops...my moms ganna kill me...I slipped...".

Each celebrity judge will be represented by one singer in the last stage.

Singer Jamie Johnson, 19, from Gillingham, Kent, received the most public votes for Kylie Minogue's team.

Minogue's eliminated contestant, 31-year-old Lee Glasson, of Coventry, said: "It's been quite a test. I've learnt so much about myself. It's just been amazing and Jamie to win."

Tom Jones, who performed Dancing In The Street with his singers, will be represented in the final by Sally Barker, 54, from Leicester, after 43-year-old Bizzi Dixon, also from Leicester, was eliminated.

Barker said: "I can't really believe it because Bizzi is so great. I hate to think I've also knocked out someone from Leicester," she said of her teammate. "We've been at every stage together."

Eliminated Dixon said: "The whole experience has been brilliant. The reason I did this was to get some exposure and I'm so glad Sally is still flying the flag for Leicester. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me."

Kaiser Chiefs front-man Ricky Wilson will have 20-year-old Christina Marie as his sole contestant.

Christina, from Bristol, sang Bang Bang by Cher and David Guetta. Fellow judge Minogue said after her performance: "You're just incredible. I sit here in awe of what you do."

Eliminated Team Ricky contestant, Chris Royal from Manchester, said: "I'm so pleased with myself that I got this far and I will use this platform to showcase myself."

Wilson and his singers sang a cover version of You Really Got Me by The Kinks.

Will. i. am's finalist is 19-year-old Jermaine Jackman, from London, who received more public votes than the show's youngest contestant, Sophie-May Williams, 17, from Wakefield. The trio sang a version of David Bowie's Let's Dance.

Latin superstars Enrique Iglesias and Shakira performed live on the show.

Shakira, who is a judge on the US version of The Voice said: "It feels strange to be on the other side of the red chairs."

The BBC has commissioned another two series of The Voice but refused to say if the current coaches including Minogue will come back with it.

The series has been a ratings hit and has regularly pulled in bigger audiences than its ITV rival Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "The Voice has really cemented itself as hugely popular on BBC One Saturday nights and I am delighted that we will be dusting down the iconic red chairs for another airing next year."

The final of The Voice airs next Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady are returning for The Apprentice series 10

TV
Arts and Entertainment
There has been a boom in ticket sales for female comics, according to an industry survey

comedy
Arts and Entertainment
Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder star in 'Girl, Interrupted'

TV
Arts and Entertainment
From left to right: Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein, Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Elliott Cowan as George Martin in 'Cilla'

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Thomas Pynchon in 1955, left, and Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of his novel, Inherent Vice

film
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Nicole Scherzinger will join the cast of Cats

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Fans were left surprised by the death on Sunday night's season 26 premiere

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal

film
Arts and Entertainment
Lady Mary goes hunting with suitor Lord Gillingham

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, finds himself at the centre of a media storm when his wife is reported missing and assumed dead

film
Arts and Entertainment
Lindsay Lohan made her West End debut earlier this week in 'Speed-the-Plow'

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Artist Nathan Sawaya stands with his sculpture 'Yellow' at the Art of Brick Exhibition

art
Arts and Entertainment
'Strictly Come Dancing' attracted 6.53 million viewers on Friday
tv
Arts and Entertainment
David Tennant plays Detective Emmett Carver in the US version on Broadchurch

tv
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor goes undercover at Coal Hill School in 'The Caretaker'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Ni , Rock of Rah, Vanuatu: The Ni live on one of the smallest islands of Vanuatu; Nelson flew five hours from Sydney to capture the 'isolation forged by their remoteness'
photographyJimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style
Arts and Entertainment
David Byrne
musicDavid Byrne describes how the notorious First Lady's high life dazzled him out of a career low
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

    Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

    A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
    An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

    An app for the amorous

    Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

    Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
    She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

    She's having a laugh

    Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

    Let there be light

    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
    Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

    Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

    Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
    Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

    A look to the future

    It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
    The 10 best bedspreads

    The 10 best bedspreads

    Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
    Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

    Arsenal vs Galatasaray

    Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
    Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
    Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

    The children orphaned by Ebola...

    ... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
    Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
    The magic of roundabouts

    Lords of the rings

    Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?