The Voice duo spot­ted busk­ing in city cen­tre

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

THEY may have per­formed in front of thou­sands of view­ers on The Voice UK at the week­end, but South Wales duo Into the Ark proved their raw tal­ent when they were spot­ted busk­ing on the streets of Cardiff yes­ter­day.

Dane Lloyd and Tay­lor Jones wowed judges on Satur­day night with a unique ver­sion of Elvis’ Burn­ing Love.

Their stun­ning per­for­mance of the King’s 1973 hit saw them go through to the next stage of The Voice, join­ing up with Welsh icon Sir Tom Jones fol­low­ing a three-way bat­tle be­tween new judges Gavin Ross­dale and Jen­nifer Hud­son.

Now the boys, who are from the Black­wood area, are get­ting ready to take on the bat­tle round where they will have a sing-off with an­other of Jones’ con­tes­tants.

And what bet­ter way to prac­tise than with some good old-fash­ioned busk­ing?

The duo were spot­ted singing live out­side Top­shop on Cardiff’s Queen Street.

Singing in front of an open gui­tar case, the pair stunned passers-by with acous­tic ver­sions of the Bob Mar­ley clas­sic Is This Love, Lionel Richie’s Easy Like Sun­day Morn­ing and Jackie Wil­son’s Higher and Higher.

Their street per­for­mance was met with huge cheers and claps, and even saw a few coins be­ing tossed into the lid of their gui­tar case – though they may not need any of that now.

Tay­lor, 20, said: “Since the show on Satur­day, it’s lit­er­ally gone from one end to the other. Ev­ery­one’s been so sup­port­ive.

“Ev­ery­thing on so­cial me­dia has just been wicked. So many peo­ple who’ve seen us gig over the last two years have all got in touch and said how good it is see­ing us do well.”

Gui­tarist and singer, 25-year-old Dane, added: “Some things we never thought we’d be do­ing, we’ve al­ready started do­ing.

“We were on This Morn­ing and Cap­i­tal Ra­dio – there’s just been so many amaz­ing things com­ing about.”

He added: “And also thank you very much to ev­ery­one who’ve seen us, tweeted us and all the support from ev­ery­where – it’s just amaz­ing.”

The Voice UK continues on ITV on Satur­day at 8pm. You can see Into the Ark again dur­ing the bat­tle rounds

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