X Factor reject sparks Voice row

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 April 2013
Lemuel Knights

Lemuel Knights

Lemuel Knights, a former 'X Factor' contestant, sparks a row between 'The Voice' coaches on tomorrow's (13.04.13) show when both Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue want him on their teams

A former 'X Factor' contestant sparks a row between 'The Voice' coaches on tomorrow's (13.04.13) show.

Lemuel Knights - who tried out for the ITV talent show in 2011 when he was 16 years old - delighted the panel on the BBC contest with his rendition of Ed Sheeran song 'Wayfaring Stranger', and he was left having to choose whether to join Jessie J or Danny O'Donoghue's team.

And the two coaches were so passionate about having him join them, it sparked a furious row, which will.i.am ended up intervening in.

However, it is possible Lemuel is the auditionee who caused Jessie further fury as it was recently claimed she resented will's intervention when a contestant was asked to choose between her or Danny, as she felt the Black Eyed Peas star was always working against her.

Fellow judge Sir Tom Jones intervened to try to calm the situation after the audition, but Jessie told him: "I think it's unfair to influence the artists on their decision."

The 'Delilah' hitmaker advised her "not to worry" about it but to keep fighting her corner.

When he auditioned for 'The X Factor', Lemuel was a particular favourite of head judge Gary Barlow.

The Take That star said: "I thought Lemuel was unbelievable. At last there is life in Wembley!"

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