The Voice 2016: Cilla Black's great-nephew out of the competition after losing head-to-head battle

The great-nephew of Cilla Black is out of The Voice after failing to progress from the battle rounds of the BBC One singing competition.

Tobias Robertson, from Newport, lost his head-to-head battle with Stirling’s Laura Begley following their rendition of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.

When coach Boy George selected Laura as his battles rounds victor, fellow panellists Ricky Wilson, will.i.am and Paloma Faith had an opportunity to “steal” losing singer Tobias for their respective teams by hitting the buzzer. But no-one chose to do so.

Tobias Robertson and Laura Begley (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)

“I don’t think he’ll give someone a run for their money on my team,” Ricky said as Boy George tried to persuade the coaches to save the Welshman.

Tobias was gracious in defeat. “I’ve had an amazing time,” he said.

“The standard’s so high that there’s some brilliant people going home,” Paloma stated as he departed.

Tobias Robertson (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)

The Newport singer/songwriter only met his famous relative once – and that was at the funeral of his grandfather, Black’s brother George, in 2010.

A dramatic night saw The Voice’s famous red chairs spin into the battles rounds for the first time in the show’s history. Since the talent show’s debut in 2012, the coaches have only turned in their chairs during the blind auditions stage.

Long regarded as the show’s unique selling point, the four coaches – who are seated facing the studio audience – pick singers for their team based solely on the voice they hear.

The Voice coaches will.i.am, Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson (BBC)

When a coach hits the buzzer, their chair spins around in the direction of the auditioning act. The format has been tweaked to prolong the chair-spinning element for the battles rounds’ “steal” segment which sees defeated acts change mentors.

If more than one coach buzzes for a losing act, the singer has to decide which team they would like to join. But each coach is allowed only two “steals” each.

Saturday’s two-hour instalment also featured returning contestant Jordan Gray. The transgender singer, from Essex, was given a second chance because Londoner JJ Soulx left the show for “personal reasons”.

Jordan Gray with Marvin Humes and Theo Llewellyn (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)

Jordan’s duet with Londoner Theo Llewellyn moved the panel, with Paloma wiping her eyes several times during their performance of This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush. She decided to take Gray through to the knock-out stage but Theo will join her after will.i.am chose to steal.

Derby’s Dwaine Hayden is into the knock-outs after coach Paloma preferred his battle with Aliesha Lobuczek, but the Birmingham student has also progressed after Ricky hit his buzzer.

Paloma picked Hartlepool’s Rick Snowdon over Bradley Waterman, but Boy George saved the Norwich builder with a steal.

Cody Frost and Heather Cameron-Hayes (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)

Culture Club singer Boy George was moved to tears when teenagers Cody Frost and Heather Cameron-Hayes sang Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U.

Although Cody was Boy George’s pick, Heather is now a member of Paloma’s team.

US artist will.i.am judged Bradford’s Faheem the victor over Aaron Hill, but the Londoner had to choose between Paloma and Ricky after both coaches decided to steal him. The soul singer will be in the knock-outs on Paloma’s team.

Chloe Castro and Alaric Green (Guy Levy/Wall To Wall/BBC)

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman was moved to tears during the battle between teenager Chloe Castro and bouncer Alaric Green.

Their version of Hope There’s Someone by Antony And The Johnsons resulted in Ricky picking Chloe as the winner, but Alaric remains in the competition on Boy George’s team following a steal.

Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith and Boy George of The Voice (BBC)

The other singers who have made it to the next stage are: Charley Blue, Harry Fisher, Brooklynne Richards, Jolan and former X Factor star Lydia Lucy.

At the end of the first instalment of the battles, Ricky and will.i.am each have one steal left.

The Voice continues on BBC One next week.

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