The Voice UK’s Tanya Lacey recalls that “excruciating” wait for will.i.am to say her name

It was almost as painful to watch, too

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We thought will.i.am was going to give Emma Willis a nervous breakdown last weekend when he took about six hours to name the third and final act for his team.

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Viewers were left wincing as the coach squirmed in his seat as Willis pushed him again and again and again to say the name of the act he’d chosen.

He finally picked Tanya Lacey to remain on Team Will, but it made for pretty painful viewing.

Now, Lacey herself has described the huge wait on live TV as “excruciating”.

“Being on that stage not knowing my fate was so intense,” she told RadioTimes.com and other press. “It was very, very nerve racking but I’m so glad that he decided to save me.

“Obviously when you’re in a competition you get so close to the contestants so there’s always that bittersweet emotion running through you. But I’m so glad I’m still here.”

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The Voice UK airs on Saturday March 18 at 8.30pm on ITV.