Pop star Olly Murs has opened up about one of the most difficult decisions he's had to make as a superstar coach on The Voice UK.
Despite being pulled off air due to the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year, the winner of the ITV singing competition will finally be crowned on Saturday night,
Finalists Jonny Brooks, Gevanni Hutton, Brooke Scullion and Blessing Chitapa will all take to the stage to give a performance of a lifetime in a bid to impress their mentors Olly, Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Meghan Trainor and the virtual audience.
The four coaches may have whittled their teams down to just one contestant each but singing sensation Olly, 36, has revealed that the process is not always plain sailing.
Speaking to Daily Star Online and other press, the Dance With Me Tonight hitmaker explained: "I remember at the knockouts I had Jordan [Phillips] and Cameo [Williams] on the stage.
"I really felt it was on the night I had to make that decision and I wouldn't say I regretted it, but I was definitely like 'Cameo deserved it' and 'She was fantastic' but I had a vision for Jordan, and obviously my finalist Blessing.
"As coaches we have a plan and we have ideas and you've to go with your heart and instinct.
"You sometimes just gravitate towards a contestant that you believe in and that person is the one you chose.
"You feel something and thats all you can do."
Due to social distancing restrictions, there will be no studio audience but Olly thinks that the major change will make the finalists perform even better on the night.
He said: "I said to Blessing to just relax and there's still millions of people watching at home who could potentially buy your record.
"Not having an audience didn't affect them in the semi-final so they will be great.
"I definitely feel like it would have affected me because I get a certain energy from an audience when I'm performing.
"I like to see people there, they help me during a performance and pick me up.
"If they're enjoying it, I'm enjoying it but I do sense from these contestants that there's real determination to fight for it."
Olly went on to open up about the first time he performed in a studio without an audience, an experience that he found "hard".
He said: "I performed on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on the day of the first lockdown.
"That was a very weird performance for me and it was very hard not to have an audience there.
"All I kept telling myself was there are millions of people watching this at home so I gave my absolute everything for people watching to cheer them up."
The Voice UK final airs on ITV on Saturday night at 8.40pm
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