Sprowston

Bradley battles it out

Just Regional
Mar 10, 2016 3 mins read

It was a tough round for ex Sprowston Community High School student Bradley Waterman, as he fought for his place in the second round of The Voice at the end of February.

Battling against fellow Team Paloma contestant Rick Snowdon, they were introduced as the “heartthrobs” and sang a mash up of Etta James’ Something’s Got A Hold Of Me and Bo Diddley’s I’m A Man.

Ahead of the performance, Paloma credited Bradley’s voice as having “so much gravel and grittiness” and described him as “the whole package”.

However, the singer ultimately chose rocker Rick for her team, leaving Bradley available for her fellow coaches to steal. And Boy George was so eager to use his final steal on Bradley that he was pressing his button before the countdown began.

“You were great,” said the star. “And you should have been on my team in the first place.”

For Bradley, the battles saw him experience a whole range of emotions in a matter of a few minutes.

“Backstage we’d been doing lots of rehearsals, and I got on really well with Rick – he’s a really nice guy,” said Bradley.

“We wanted to give everyone a good performance and make it not about us competing and showing off.

“It was a really close battle.”

After a fantastic performance, it was down to Paloma to chose one to take through to the knockout rounds, and Bradley was devastated when the star chose Rick.

“It was horrible. I thought I was going home and that was the end of my journey. But then I was back on top of the world again when Boy George stole me.

“I really didn’t expect it. I’d heard that he’d already used one of his steals that evening, so I didn’t think he’d use his final one. I thought it was more likely that Ricky would because he turned round for me in the blind audition. It was the biggest feeling of relief I’ve ever had.”

Boy George complimented Bradley as having “huge likeability” and said: “I think people are going to love him.”

The next round is the Knockouts, where each artist must select a signature song to perform, and Bradley said Boy George gave him lots of advice and tips ahead of the performance.

The coaches must then pick only three artists from their new teams of eight singers to take through to the live shows.

Bradley’s Knockout performance will be aired on BBC One on Saturday, March 19.

Good luck Bradley!

Programme Name: The Voice - TX: 27/02/2016 - Episode: 8 (No. 8) - Picture Shows: Bradley Waterman, Rick Snowdon - (C) WALL TO WALL - Photographer: GUY LEVY

PICTURE: BBC / WALL TO WALL / GUY LEVY

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