Sarah Cassidy Age: 31 Best performance: Let’s Stay Together Odds: 14/1 RT prediction: out in week one A flat-out belter who snuck past the accomplished Trevor Francis in the knockouts through sheer conviction and volume, but doesn’t have the overt personality or versatility to go far.
Ash Morgan Age: 27 Best performance: Never Tear Us Apart Odds: 13/2 RT prediction: 1st Beyonce reborn in the body of a gentle giant from Wales. Humble but confident, with a regional vote behind him and a big voice with a great, gritty tone. Yet to hit a wrong note. Way out in front, for our money.
Matt Henry Age: 34 Best performance: Skinny Love Odds: 8/1 RT prediction: out in week two A thoughtful soul singer who can pull off the odd spectacular performance. Not enough power or star quality to win.
Andrea Begley Age: 27 Best performance: Angel Odds: 12/1 RT prediction: 2nd A heavyweight contender: adorable in her bottle-end specs, with a perfect back story (she started losing her sight at 6 and now has 10% vision), the support of the (Northern) Irish and probably the vote of The Voice’s conservative older viewers. Possible secret weapon: her own songs.
Mitchel Emms Age: 19 Best performance: The Best of You Odds: 25/1 RT prediction: out in week one The teen rocker is too uptight and intense to win over a mass audience – and while every talent show finals has someone singing in this style, they never get very far.
Karl Michael Age: 27 Best performance: No More I Love Yous Odds: 13/2 RT prediction: out in week two The most accomplished performer of the 12, but that doesn’t mean votes. His back story – being dropped by his record label – isn’t very inspiring either.
Leanne Jarvis Age: 25 Best performance: Hero Odds: 11/1 RT prediction: out in week two A likeable Essex girl with a huge voice, but much more personality off the stage than on it.
Leah McFall Age: 23 Best performance: Loving You Odds: 5/1F RT prediction: 4th Instantly recognisable, quirky and with momentum behind her having only just emerged as a serious contender in the knockout phase. But are her yelping vocal gymnastics as endearing as she is?
Cleo Higgins Age: 30 Best performance: Love on Top Odds: 20/1 RT prediction: out in week one Has probably blown it for good by seeming far too arrogant in the early rounds. The viewing public won’t care that she was once signed to Madonna’s label and has more experience than anyone else.
Mike Ward Age: 23 Best performance: Don’t Close Your Eyes Odds: 11/1 RT prediction: out in week one Slightly bafflingly put straight through to the lives by Tom Jones, this Salford boy’s gentle country stylings belie his tough exterior, but the vocals themselves are nothing to jump up and down about.
Joseph Apostol Age: 21 Best performance: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me Odds: 10/1 RT prediction: 3rd On his day he’s one of the few contestants who can sell the emotion of a song and hit big notes at the same time. Charming in interview, too. If The Voice UK has a big expat Filipino audience, everyone else is screwed.
Alys Williams Age: 25 Best performance: Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime Odds: 20/1 RT prediction: out in week two Personable, a mum, Welsh and among the more fanciable contestants: plenty of pluses here but there are four or five better singers in the 12.