The Voice duo say it was al­ways go­ing to be Team Tom

South Wales Echo - - NEWS - KATHRYN WIL­LIAMS Re­porter kathryn.wil­liams@waleson­line.co.uk

THEY wowed Sir Tom Jones with their ver­sion of an Elvis clas­sic on TV’s The Voice at the week­end.

And that ren­di­tion of 1973 hit Burn­ing Love meant it was an all-Welsh team-up for Sir Tom and his new pro­teges Dane Lloyd and Tay­lor Jones, who per­form as Into the Ark.

Now, the South Wales duo have opened up about their coach­ing ses­sions with the Tre­for­est-born su­per­star – and the whirl­wind they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced since Satur­day’s ap­pear­ance on the hit mu­si­cal tal­ent show.

The num­ber of the band’s Face­book fans shot up by 4,000 af­ter that one per­for­mance alone.

“Our so­cial me­dia has gone mad,” Dane, 25, told us. “The best thing is the bands we have toured with, who we thought might have some­thing to say about us go­ing on the show, have been re­ally be­hind us.”

On the show, Tay­lor and Dane ap­peared to wob­ble a lit­tle when choos­ing a coach, be­fore fi­nally de­cid­ing on fel­low Welsh­man Sir Tom.

But Tay­lor, 20, ex­plained there was never re­ally that much doubt: “Be­fore we went on we both had it in our minds to go with Tom.

“Then when we were de­cid­ing, there was so much pres­sure and Gavin [Ross­dale] said some re­ally nice things... but it was al­ways go­ing to be Tom.”

The show saw Sir Tom make a lon­gawaited re­turn to prime­time tele­vi­sion af­ter the show made its switch from BBC to ITV.

And Satur­day’s au­di­ence saw Sir Tom as well as new judges Gavin Ross­dale and Jen­nifer Hud­son, spin around in their chairs to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Black­wood duo.

The pair re­vealed their acous­tic per­for­mance had been honed dur­ing a stint work­ing in North Africa.

“About two years ago we were mov­ing to Tu­nisia and we needed to do a lot of soft, nice cov­ers due to the space we were per­form­ing in,” said Dane.

“We did a lot of songs and changed them and Burn­ing Love got loads of re­ac­tion, so we took a risk and went with it dur­ing the blind au­di­tions.

“Tom just said it was a brave move to do it and liked that we didn’t try to be Elvis and that made us feel proud.”

Now the boys are through to the bat­tle round where they will have a sin­goff with an­other of Sir Tom’s con­tes­tants.

“It’s been amaz­ing work­ing with Tom and we’ve been lucky enough to sit around the pi­ano with him and have one-to-ones,” added Dane.

“It’s the bat­tles next and that’s been a re­ally nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause we’ve never had to do a singing bat­tle with an­other singer be­fore.”

The Voice UK con­tin­ues on ITV on Satur­day at 8pm

RACHEL JOSEPH

Into The Ark ap­peared on The Voice at the week­end and have teamed up with Sir Tom Jones, be­low, with his fel­low judges

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