Tom Jones is moved to tears on The Voice tonight when his act Ruth Brown dedicates her performance to her late father.
She sings Alicia Keys’ hit No One with fellow Londoner Deniece Pearson in the first of the show’s battle rounds which sees two singers go head-to-head in a duet.
As Ruth begins, the lyrics bring back memories and she tells Tom the words remind her of her dad’s favourite phrase.
She says: "That’s what he always used to say, 'Everything’s going to be OK.'"
A tearful Tom later reveals: 'Well, I cried myself. I started to fill up because I know what she’s going though.'
Coach Tom had advised both his acts before having to pick only one of them to go through to the next round.
He tells Ruth she needs to harness her feelings, saying: "Use it as your strength — don’t lose the emotion but put it in the right place.” And he calls her performance “very touching".
Two more of Tom’s ten singers also do battle, as he pitches fellow Londoners Sam Buttery and Aundrea Nyle against each other to sing A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley.
Afterwards Tom says: "I picked that song because Elvis was a huge personality. So I’m glad you did the song justice — more than justice, you did a wonderful job. God, it’s hard to decide!"