It is the third of the live knockout shows, and performing for a place in the quarter-final tonight are will.i.am's team. His six remaining acts will become three as they sing for him and fellow coaches Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale. The coaches can only watch and give their opinion as it is now down to the public to vote for their favourite act, with the two acts receiving the most votes and a third act saved by will.i.am going through to the next stage. Gavin Rossdale also performs live in the studio with his band Bush.
Hosted by Emma Willis and Marvin Humes, the show features four musician coaches: will.i.am, Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson, who will coach only the most talented vocalists. The show's innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance. The show's casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs.