Wesu Wallace has earned a spot on the television talent show The Voice UK. Now in it’s seventh season, Wallace appeared on yesterday’s episode of the series during it’s “blind audition” stage. Here, the four judges have their backs turned to the contestants as they perform and must press a button on their seats to turn them around if they want the contestant on their team. The four judges on this season of the series are will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tim Jones and Olly Murs. will.i.am was the only judge to invite Wallace onto their team. The thirty-six year old Wallace sang Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One.”
According to The Sun and The Daily Mail, Wallace was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Barbados when he was ten years old. Speaking to the judges, Wallace said that he travelled to the UK by himself to audition for the show. Wallace is no stranger to television talent shows, however. OK Magazine reports that Wallace was a contestant on the British series Pop Idol (the show which led to American Idol) in 2003, when the show stopped airing. Wallace made it to the top 32.
Despite only having been chosen by one of the judges, their overall response to Wallace’s performance was positive. As was that of the fans on Twitter, with some users naming Wallace the eventual winner.
Wallace said to Zeitgeist:
“I decided to audition because I felt like I had something to offer and The Voice [UK] was my best shot. It felt like the world handed me priceless gems when will.i.am turned for me. He is a master after all.”
When asked how confident he was that he would make it through, he said that it wasn’t a matter of confidence and it just felt like his time. To Barbadians supporting him he would like to say: “Big up to my Bajans around the world. I will represent as long as I keep the torch burning.”
Follow Wallace’s journey by watching The Voice UK every Saturday on ITV and by watching the contestants’ performances on the show’s YouTube channel. See the video below for Wallace’s audition.